Other Screenings

Special Invitation Film

Our daily lives have been forever changed by the realities of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Wuhan, I Am Here sheds light on the reality that continues from 2020 to this day.

Wuhan, I Am Here
CHINA / 2021 / 153 min
Director: Lan Bo

A film crew that had traveled to Wuhan to make a fiction film is confronted with a sudden lockdown and decides to go film in the streets. They race through the city, joining forces with volunteers who are offering free resources collected through the internet to the elderly and the homeless.

Oct. 12 19:00

Sharing Air, Living Time (Collaboration project with TFAI Taiwan)

A joint-project with Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute (TFAI) which kicks off during YIDFF 2021 (Oct. 2021) and closes with the filmmaker residency program Yamagata Documentary Dojo 4 (Feb. 2022). It will feature monthly sessions of documentaries and discussions online. Together with programming partners from Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF), the project will investigate the meaning of mobility and sharing space in society, as these strange times push us to socially distance and isolate from each other.

At YIDFF 2021
Online talk event

[Dates] October 11 (Mon) 11:00–12:30

Two Taiwanese films in New Asian Currents have chosen very different film styles to depict the plight of Vietnamese migrant workers made invisible in Taiwan society and how voices are raised. From the Perspectives Japan program, Transform! is about a wheelchair user (the director) who discovers self-expression and a new form of communication through his body in the course of filmmaking. An online discussion with the filmmakers through interpreters will explore how important it is to be allowed to feel present as a participant of wider society and how simple recognition can be denied.

So Yushen (director, Dorm)
Tseng Wen-chen (director, The Lucky Woman)
Ishida Tomoya (director, Transform!)
Wood Lin (Program Director, Taiwan International Documentary Festival)
[With the Collaboration of]
Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan)
Taiwan Culture Central, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan
Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute (TFAI)

Sharing Air, Living Time
Documentaries from Taiwan and Japan + Filmmakers’ talk

YIDFF and Taiwan Film & Audiovisual Institute (TFAI) present a three-part season of Japanese and Taiwanese documentaries under the project: Sharing Air, Living Time. Partnering films from past editions of Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF) and YIDFF through monthly events, the project investigates the importance of sharing space and time, in response to the protocols of Covid-19 that push us to socially distance and isolate from each other.

November event
The Cheese & The Worms
Dir: Kato Haruyo / JAPAN / 2005 / 98 min / YIDFF 2005 New Asian Currents Ogawa Shinsuke Prize, FIPRESCI Prize
A Rolling Stone
Dir: Shen Ko-shang / TAIWAN / 2012 / 54 min / YIDFF 2015 Associated Program “Documentary Speaks,” 2013 Taipei Film Awards Grand Prize

[Streaming period]
November 23 (Tue) 10:00–30 (Tue) 23:59 (Japan time GMT+9)
[Online talk with the directors]
November 28 (Sun) 15:00–16:30 (Japan time GMT+9 / in Japanese and Chinese)
[Presented by]
Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute (TFAI), YAMAGATA International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF)
[Supported by]
Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (ROC); Taiwan Culture Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan

For more information TIDF Website: “Sharing Air, Living Time” (in Chinese)


Agency for Cultural Affairs Documentary Film Awards

Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs honors outstanding Japanese documentaries by awarding films each year. In collaboration with YIDFF for the first time, a program of awarded documentaries of fiscal years 2020 and 2021 will be presented online in early November, after this year’s oficial awards ceremony.

Booking starts October 22 19:00– for online screenings for documentaries awarded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs

Awarded documentaries of fiscal years 2020 and 2021 will be presented online on November 7 and November 14. All films are scheduled to stream at a set date and time (times are Japan Standard Time—UTC +9 hours).

Tickets are limited to 200. Online screening is for free, mostly available worldwide.