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The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu  /  Inland Sea

Inland Sea
January 12, 2019 - 7:30 pm
curator Dennis Lim, director Kazuhiro Soda.

Los Angeles premieres!

The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Without Images  (France, 2011)

L’Anabase de May et Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi et 27 années sans images

Conceptualized while researching the Japanese Red Army during a residency in Japan, the French artist Eric Baudelaire’s first feature-length film is a probing and often mesmerizing weave of Super 8 footage, television clips, film excerpts, and archival miscellany. In voiceover, May Shigenobu (daughter of former Red Army Faction member and Japanese Red Army founder Fusako) and militant filmmaker Masao Adachi delve into their respective histories, including the “27 years without images” during which Adachi spent fighting alongside the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Lebanon. Their narrations unfold over imagery that both applies and extends what Adachi called his “theory of landscape”—the illustration of oppressive social structures through the meticulous filming of landscapes in which they are obliquely inscribed.

DCP, color, in English, French and Japanese with English subtitles, 66 min. Director: Eric Baudelaire.

Inland Sea  (Japan/U.S., 2017)


Kazuhiro Soda continues to monitor changes to the Japanese fishing industry in the black and white documentary Inland Sea, set in Ushimado, the same village as his expansive Oyster Factory (Art of the Real 2015). Mrs. Koso is an elderly fishmonger who shuffles through the streets hawking fish, and Mr. Murata (affectionately called “Wai-chan”) is an 86-year-old fisherman who still takes his boat out daily. Through a mix of vérité shots and direct conversations, Soda shows that these tenacious residents are so much more than remnants of a dying way of life.

DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles, 122 min. Director: Kazuhiro Soda.