Every two years since 1989, the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival takes place in Yamagata City, three hours by bullet train north of Tokyo. It is the longest running Asian documentary film festival and retains its status as a key locus point for showcasing Asian nonfiction film along with an international roster. This report examines the festival's history, relationship to Ogawa and other masters of Japanese documentary, and report on its contemporary Japanese, Asian and International programming. What is the stature of the festival today and whom does it serve?
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival: Blending Tradition with Modernity
Sally Berger is a film and media curator, lecturer, and writer whose work focuses on the relationships between experimental film and media installation; nonfiction and fiction film; and documentary film and art. She is currently a Fellow at the Center for Media, Culture and History, New York University. She previously worked at The Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film as Assistant Curator and Director/cofounder of Documentary Fortnight, an international festival of nonfiction film.
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Sally Berger; Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival: Blending Tradition with Modernity. Film Quarterly 1 March 2018; 71 (3): 87–93. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2018.71.3.87
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