Ogawa Film This Saturday! plus more

From: Dara Greenwald (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Oct 09 2008 - 10:13:36 PDT

Just a reminder that we will be screening a print of Narita: Peasants
of the Second Fortress this
Saturday night Oct 11th at 7:30 pm at Exit Art in NYC (475 10th ave
at 36th street)
as part of Signs of Change Screening and Discussion Weekend
(sponsored by Exit Art and 16Beaver). There are many other
interesting films and videos screening as part of this so please
check out the links below for more info.

Narita: Peasants of the Second Fortress / Sanrizuka: Dainitoride No
(1971, 02:23:00 minutes, Shinsuke Ogawa/Ogawa Productions, Japanese
with English subtitles,
courtesy of the Athénée Français Cultural Center Japan)

Introduced by Sabu Kohso, writer and activist, and Barbara Hammer,

"In Japan, guerilla film activity reached high intensity during the
war (Vietnam).The use made of Japan as a conduit for Vietnam war
supplies generated strong anti-government feelings and many 'protest
films.'...It now saw such powerful films as the Sanrizuka series-
three feature length films. The heavy air traffic through Japan-
swollen by the war-hap prompted a 1966 decision to build a new
international airport for Tokyo.The area chosen, Sanrizuka, was
occupied by farmers who were determined to block seizures of their
lands. For four years, the film maker Shinsuke Ogawa documented their
struggle, which reached its climax in the third film, The Peasants of
the Second Fortress. Here we see resistance turning into a pitched
battle with riot police as farm women chain themselves to
impoverished stockades, and students join the struggle for anti-
government, anti-war motives. Ogawa, patiently recording the growth
of resistance...achieved an extraordinary social document, and one of
the most potent of protest films" - Erik Barnouw, Documentary: A
History of the Non-Fiction Film, (Oxford University Press, 1974)
Ogawa Productions was a Japanese filmmaking collective that was
founded in the 1960’s, It was directed by Ogawa Shinsuke. After
making films about the student movement, the collective moved to
Sanrizuka to cover the struggle against the building of the Narita
Airport. While there, they made eight films covering the struggle.

*Screening co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific/American Institute and Tisch
Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU in conjunction with The
Uses of 1968: Legacies of Art and Activism Symposium and 1968: Then
and Now Exhibition.

more about the weekend: http://www.16beavergroup.org/
more about Signs of Change: http://www.exitart.org/site/pub/

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