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?

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