1991-2000Barbara HammerDocumentaryJapanPolitics

Barbara Hammer – Devotion: A Film About Ogawa Productions (2000)

Shinsuke Ogawa began his career in filmmaking in the early 1960’s, directing industrial films for Japanese public relations firms, but he had a desire to make films of greater consequence, and left his job to become an independent documentarian. Ogawa examined the rise of the Student Left in Japan in 1966’s Sea of Youth and 1967’s The Oppressed Students, and in 1968, as protest among the young became an international phenomenon, Ogawa and a handful of like-minded young filmmakers set up a collective house in rural Sanrizuka. A growing number of young activist filmmakers joined Ogawa in their new home, where they made documentaries focusing on the battle between the builders of Toyko International Airport and the farmers who would be displaced by the project and refused to leave. In time, Ogawa and his followers pulled up stakes and moved to Kaminoyama, Yagamata where they grew their own rice and made movies about Japan’s farming class and the nation’s poor. Ogawa was one of the few Japanese filmmakers of the Sixties whose ideals outlasted the decade, and filmmaker Barbara Hammer tells the story of Ogawa and the idealists who lived and worked with him in the documentary Devotion. Featuring extensive interviews with members of Ogawa’s collective, Devotion was an official selection at the 2008 ~Sheffield International Documentary Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

901MB | 1 h 25 min | 512×384 | avi


Language:English, Japanese
Subtitles:English (hardsubbed)

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