Yamagata Dojor

Yamagata Documentary Dojo 2018


  •  名称:山形ドキュメンタリー道場2018
  •  開催期間:2018年10月24日~11月19日(27日間)


  •  会場:蔵王温泉 松金屋アネックスほか 山形市内各所
  •  内容:アジアのドキュメンタリー制作者5名を山形市に招へいし、蔵王温泉を宿泊地とする4週間の滞在を支援。「アーティスト・イン・レジデンス(AIR)」と呼ばれる活動。
  •  山形新聞に5回掲載、NHK、山形放送(YBC)テレビ、山形テレビ、エフエム山形、コミュニティFMラジオおきたまGo! で活動紹介。


【熟考】 自然豊かな蔵王温泉で、本国で撮った撮影素材を新たな目で見直す集中した時間と場所を提供。各企画、4週間で大きな進展を見せる。


【深化】 国際ドキュメンタリーの最前線で活躍する世界の講師5名、日本の映像作家5名と4日間のワークショップを経験。滞在の後半でも別の講師2名とセッション。アドバイスをもらいながら作品づくりを深めた。山形ドキュメンタリー・フィルムライブラリーの収蔵作品「1000年刻みの日時計」と農民詩人・木村迪夫さんに出会い、太平洋戦争の歴史と風土・家族について語り合った。


【交流】 紅葉まっさかりの山寺で市民と探索、西蔵王の自主上映会に参加、蔵王山ハイキング、小川紳介監督にゆかりの牧野村訪問、禅寺で地元文人の映画を鑑賞、監督たち旧作の一般向け上映会(金曜上映会)、小中学校で授業、山形交響楽団客演指揮者の公開講座、フィルムコミッションのイベントに参加。滞在の印象を2本の短い映像作品にまとめた。


【成果報告会】 11/16(金)に蔵王温泉にて(小学生10人含む47人参加)、11/18(日)に東京・シネマハウス大塚にて(助成関係者のほかテレビ東京、ウェブメディアneoneo等より29人参加)。




Oct. 24 – Nov. 19 (27 days)


Retreat in a foreign destination

Time away from the daily grind

Refresh perspectives and focus anew


Japanese master filmmaker Ozu Yasujiro wrote many of his successful scripts including Tokyo Story by spending months at a time in a seaside inn with his scriptwriter (and hundreds of bottles of sake). For documentarians, a compatibly important creative process in filmmaking would be the rough-cut editing stage, when constructing the film with assembled footage. Particularly in the digital era when filmmakers research, shoot, and edit their films by themselves, it is easy to lose perspective from the themes and materials they are so closely attached and enmeshed in.


The Yamagata Documentary Dojo is a 4-week filmmaker-in-residence program hosted in the city of Yamagata, in northern Japan. In the fall of 2018, two teams of filmmakers working on Southeast Asian documentary projects were invited to reside in a lakeside inn in the mountainous hot spring spa of Zao. The filmmakers arrived with all their footage and a rough-cut film. The idea was to use the retreat as an opportunity to open their minds in order to review their work from new perspectives. They were provided with access to 15,000 documentary titles in the Yamagata Documentary Library for reference and ideas, with curators on hand for discussion. 

After a period of settling in, the program kicked off with a 4-day workshop which brought the participants together with Japanese filmmakers and international professional mentors. The workshop consisted of masterclasses, group discussions, and project mentorship. The group stayed together in a hot spring inn, isolated from the bustle of the city. After the workshop, mentors stayed on for four more days to work with the teams.

During the rest of the residency, the filmmakers took part in cultural activities in Yamagata. They attended locally organized film screenings, visited the local elementary and middle school, presented their own films to the public, and spent time with farmer poet Kimura Michio who had been responsible for inviting documentary Ogawa Shinsuke and his collective to Yamagata. At the end of the residency, the filmmakers took part in wrap-up presentations in Yamagata and Tokyo.


The accommodations (Matsukaneya Annex):
The hot spring resort area (Zao Onsen):
Some key words:
・Dōjō: A dojo is originally a hall or space for immersive learning in the martial arts or meditation. The term consists of two characters which mean “the Place” and “the Way” in Japanese.
・YIDFF: Yamagata is where the biennial Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) has taken place since 1989. The oldest documentary film festival in Asia, it has historically served as the site for nurturing and inspiring Asian artists. It is highly acclaimed for its integrity and seriousness of purpose. Praised and trusted by world-renowned filmmakers, its history shows programming committed to representing the diversity of film cultures and serving as a place for meaningful exchange. The next edition is October 2019.
・Yamagata is a City of Film, as designated by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.




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