Yesterday Today Tomorrow
JAPAN, THAILAND/2005/Thai/Color/Video/90min
Director: Naoi Riyo
The Japanese director closely followed two families in Northern Thailand for over three years. Despite being infected with HIV, these families look ahead to their future with their foot planted firmly on the ground.
9.20(Wed) 12:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.24(Sun) 14:35-Director present @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.26(Tue) 12:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
The 3 Rooms of Melancholia
Russian, Chechen, Arabic, Finnish/Color, B&W/35mm/106min
Director: Pirjo Honkasalo
An examination of children’s lives amidst the war in Chechnya from three different perspectives. A war started by adults, and the true faces of children living under tragic circumstances who have lost sight of a future to which they are entitled.
9.20(Wed) 14:25 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.23(Sat) 18:40 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.18(Wed) 19:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
Cinéma Invisible - The Book
THE NETHERLANDS/2005/Dutch/Color, B&W/Video/73min
Director: Kees Hin
Our navigator is a woman who visits a bookshop in search of a collection of unfilmed screenplays, “Anthologie du Cinema Invisible,” that was published to celebrate the first centenary of cinema. From these 100 unrealized works, the essence of ten projects are selected to be presented in this film. Excerpts from Chaplin and Clouzot, Zazie dans le metro, Battleship Potemkin and more are combined to create this fantasy documentary film with an infectious playful spirit. A work that pays homage to all cinema.
9.20(Wed) 16:35 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.23(Sat) 14:40 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.13(Fri) 15:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
Mad Minutes
KOREA/2003/Korean, Vietnamese/Color, B&W/Video/82min
Director: Lee Mario
The Things That We Shouldn't Do
KOREA/2003/Korean/Color, B&W/Video/5min
Director: Kim Kyungman
In Mad Minutes, testimonials from families of victims massacred by the Korean army during the Vietnam War as well as from former Korean soldiers recall memories of war in the face of Korean involvement in Iraq. The Things That We Shouldn’t Do takes Korean militarism sarcastically. This cheerful archival documentary was made to oppose the Korean military’s participation in attacking Iraq.
9.18(Mon) 16:25 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.20(Wed) 18:15 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
Don't Forget Me
THAILAND/2003/Thai/Color, B&W/Video/10min
Director: Manutsak Dokmai
The Sound of Footsteps on the Pavement
LEBANON/2004/Arabic, French, English/Color/Video/52min
Director: Reine Mitri
In the Lebanese film, the last days of cafe Modca, which once stood at the center of people’s lives in Beirut. The film takes on the challenge of embedding the collective memory of the withering city. In Thailand, two archival documentaries, on a northern Thai ethnic minority group in the 1960s and the crackdown of students at Thammasat University in 1976, are combined to project "truth."
9.20(Wed) 20:10 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.27(Wed) 16:45 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.17(Tue) 19:30 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center

Presented by Cinamatrix
Co-presented by Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee, Athenee Francais Cultural Center, The Film School of Tokyo, Polepole Higashinakano

With support from the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)