4th DMZ Docs(2012)
I AM DOCU
As the screenwriter for directors such as Nagisa Oshima and Kōji Wakamatsu, Masao Adachi was deeply involved with the left-wing radical politics of his time. After a trip to Lebanon to meet the notorious Japanese United Red Army, he decided to join them. Masao Adachi was arrested in 2001 and forced to return to Japan. Director Eric Baudelaire uncovers one of the best-kept secrets of Japanese cinema and society. The story of the Japanese Red Army recalled through three emblematic lives: the JRA founder Fusako Shigenobu, her daughter May and ﬁlmmaker Masao Adachi. The latter, after joining the revolutionaries in Beirut in the Seventies, decides to live underground to keep on working with them. Once arrested, Masao Adachi is condemned not to leave Japan and to abandon cinema. It is this complicated, dark, and always suspenseful story that Baudelaire chose to bring forth using the documentary format. Filmed on Super 8 mm, and in the manner of fukeiron, contemporary panoramas of Tokyo and Beirut are blended in with archival footage, TV clips and ﬁlm excerpts as backdrop for May and Adachi’s voices and memories. They speak of everyday life, of being a little girl in hiding, of exile, politics and cinema, and their fascinating overlap. All of which adds up not so much to an enquiry as a fragmented anamnesis.
Eric Baudelaire is a French filmmaker and visual artist. His recent solo exhibitions include Gasworks, London, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Elizabeth Dee gallery, New York, Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, and Galerie Greta Meert, Bruxelles. His work is present in several public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Fond National d’Art Contemporain and the FRAC Auvergne. The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years without Images (2011) The Makes (2010) SIC (2009) Sugar Water (2007)
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