The ten films in Made in Japan, Yamagata 1989 - 2021 trace a curious and inspiring pathway through the history of one of Asia’s most celebrated film festivals, with this, the first online extension of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.


The program, a collaboration between DAFilms and YIDFF, is bookended by a cinematic record of the inaugural festival in Yamagata in 1989, produced by Shinsuke Ogawa’s Ogawa Pro (A Movie Capital), and a 2021 documentary about the pandemic-induced closure of a traditional pickle shop, itself a memorable and important social space for the attendees of Yamagata every two years (Pickles and Komian Club). In between you will have the chance to discover eight of the most visionary or affecting Japanese documentaries from the past three decades.

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