Documentary festival delivers an encore to Tokyo audiences

Jan 15, 2015

Documentary festival delivers an encore to Tokyo audiences

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Last November, Japan Times film critic Kaori Shoji predicted that the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival's (YIDFF) program of screenings would slant toward sociopolitical analysis, focusing on substance over style. Audiences must have welcomed this weighty exposition of the documentary format, as the success ...

Documentaries at the margins of modern life

Nov 26, 2014

Documentaries at the margins of modern life

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There is no film festival in Japan quite like the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF). Going against the current of easy entertainment and mind-numbing CGI, the festival is a solid, seriously cinematic event held in Yamagata every two years. From its inception in 1989, ...