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Sanrizuka – Heta Village
FILM

Sanrizuka – Heta Village

三里塚 辺田部落
(Sanrizuka Heta Buraku)

Saturday, November 11, 7 PM

Image © Athénée Français Cultural Center

MONTHLY CLASSICS
Saturday, November 11, 7 PM

In the summer of 1968, Ogawa Productions, led by visionary filmmaker Shinsuke Ogawa, entrenched themselves in the middle of the site of violent conflict wherein ongoing resistance to the construction of the Narita International Airport was demonstrated by local farmers, activists and students. Committing their lives to documenting the farmers’ struggle, the collective produced their most famous series of seven films known as the “Sanrizuka Series.” Amidst increasing police violence and tragedy, this meditative sixth film in the series focuses on life in Heta village itself, documenting its customs and people through eleven quiet scenes that convey deep empathy for the villagers and their experiences.

“The first of two masterpieces by Ogawa Productions” — Markus Nornes, author of Forest of Pressure: Ogawa Shinsuke and Postwar Japanese Documentary.

1973, 146 min., digital, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Shinsuke Ogawa.

Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$5 Japan Society members

Related Screening: Barbara Hammer’s Devotion: A Film About Ogawa Productions (Saturday, November 11, 4 PM)




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