Yamagata and Film

The Yamagata and Film special program began in 2007 when management of the YIDFF was transferred from the city of Yamagata to a publicly owned NPO, as an effort to locate the Yamagata that has nurtured the film festival. The acts of reaching out to touch the world and rooting to a sense of place are deeply connected. While Yamagata and Film began as a program addressing films about Yamagata, it also touches on film’s relationship to the region, having expanded to encompass films from Yamagata and turning our attention to works and the film scene that has emerged in the region itself. This program will meditate on the reflections and changing values about that which has been lost in Yamagata to a continually changing world, while remaining connected to the land and the origins of the YIDFF.

Yamagata City Newsreel program now available online!

In the mid-1950s as small towns and villages in Yamagata went through the municipal mergers of the era, staff from the city’s public relations division documented the daily lives and countenances of local people using 16mm cameras and sound recording equipment. Screened also at YIDFF 2013, this year they will be available for viewing online.
* For summaries of the individual films in the Yamagata City Newsreel program please refer to the YIDFF 2013 official catalogue.

Yamagata City Newsreel (Youtube)