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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

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Narita: Peasants of the Second Fortress

OGAWA Shinsuke

  • Japan
  • 1971
  • 143min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • black and white

Synopsis

The fourth work of Sanrizuka 7. The struggle of farmers against the Narita Airport construction plan has been going on for three years, the airport corporation and the government are carrying out the farmland enforcement. Bulldozers and police forces are used to destroy the barricades the farmers put on. In the face of the bureaucratic assault on farmers and students, the women in the village tied themselves to the barricades and cried: “We are here, kill us with our land!”

Review

Narita: Peasants of the Second Fortress chronicles three weeks after the first enforcement action took place on February 22nd 1971. The farmers and other opposing allies dig burrows and fortifications at six different places in preparation for large-scale oppression by the police and the airport authority. Along with the depiction of the fierce guerrilla warfare including women chained to barricades physically blocking the task force, what stands out the most in the fourth project of the Sanrizuka 7 series, is the long takes in shorts that capture the conversations and actions of the peasants during the struggles. In his previous works, farmers tried to understand their feelings through heated debates, in this project, Ogawa’s camera captures unconscious expressions such as hesitation, long sighs, silence and repetition. The strong ties the production team and the farmers had by fighting alongside for four years, lead to a more delicate and honest approach to the inner conflicts of the subjects.

 

Director

  • OGAWA Shinsuke

    Ogawa Shinsuke is one of the most influential Japanese documentarians after the war. His filmmaking collective, OGAWA PRODUCTION, was created in the late 1960s and produced a number of films, such as the NARITA and MAGINO VILLAGE series, which dealt with political conflicts and grassroots culture in Japan. In addition, he played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.​ 

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