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Once an independent film leaves cinemas, it can sometimes be difficult to track down at your local Tsutaya video store. Well, a film festival from Yamagata Prefecture is about to give indie fans a second shot at seeing some real gems.

For 20 years, the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival has been bringing social and political issues from around the world to theaters in Japan. This year, a monthlong program will revisit its best work from the last two decades.

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