Yamagata Documentary Dojo is a 30-day residency program for Asian filmmakers in a hot spring spa resort in the mountains of Yamagata, Japan, known for the biennial international documentary film festival. For this third edition in the midst of a global pandemic, one filmmaker from Japan stayed in Hijiori Onsen, Ohkura Village, while other filmmakers experienced the program in their respective countries, with regular online correspondence and sharing. The program gave filmmakers with documentary film projects the opportunity to work intensely on their rough cuts, deepen creative ambitions, and to receive mentorship from fellow filmmakers and industry professionals. For a four-day online workshop, the group was joined by mentors and three other Japanese filmmakers with projects. The program was organized in partnership with Yayasan Kino Media and Minikino, Bali.
Yamagata Documentary Dojo 3 took place:
In: Hijiori Onsen, Ohkura Village, Yamagata Prefecture (JAPAN); Denpasar, Bali (INDONESIA); Chiangmai (THAILAND)
Organized by: Documentary Dream Center
Supported by: The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2020; The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration; Tokyo Docs
With the assistance of: Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (NPO), Ohkura Village Tourism Association, MASH Denpasar
Residency Partner: Yayasan Kino Media / Minikino (Bali, Indonesia)
Immersed themselves for 30 days in three locations to focus on their film projects, taking part in a 4-day workshop using video conference call (2/6-9), one-on-one online meetings with mentors to renew their perspectives and move their films forward towards completion.
|ABHICHON RATTANABHAYON (TONG) & ANANTA THITANAT (GAP)
|Ananta Thitanat is a Thai documentary filmmaker. She has worked as a cinematographer, Director assistant, and co-Director on short documentaries for television, NGO, and company such as THAI PUBLIC BROADCASTING SERVICE (THAI PBS), Thailand Creative & Design Center, British Council, Channel NewsAsia, and more since 2010.|
|Abhichon Rattanabhayon is a Thai documentary filmmaker and photographer. He graduated from Kasetsart University, where he studied History (2002-2005). Abhichon has been a contract photographer with Thaizeit magazine (German) in 2006 and has become a freelance photographer and filmmaker since 2010.|
|Riani Singgih is a Documentary filmmaker and Cinematographer thriving to tell Southeast Asian community’s stories, particularly on the topic of social issues and mental health. Riani has directed/produced documentary films in the past that have won over 35 awards and screened in over 50 film festivals worldwide such as Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and Palm Springs Short international Film Festival. Her student work at Chapman University was a semifinalist in the 2018 Student Academy Awards. Riani has partnered with NGOs around the world with the goal of telling stories with a lasting impact. In the past two years, she worked closely with creatives with disabilities on several platforms which pushed her to make ‘A Sonorous Melody’.|
|Winner Wijaya was born in Surabaya, Indonesia. He has been making short films since the fifth grade of elementary school. In 2020 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Multimedia Nusantara University majoring in Film. His short documentary “Ojek Lusi” was nominated for Piala Citra and won the best short documentary award in Festival Film Dokumenter 2017. In 2020 he won Minikino Best Begadang Filmmaking Competition for his directed film “Hey Guys Balik Lagi Sama Gue, Tuhan!” and was nominated as best short fiction film at Festival Film Indonesia 2020. At the moment he is in the editing process for his first feature documentary.|
|Atiqa Kawakami was born in Yokohama. Titled “Pilgrimage”, her first documentary film told the story of a Japanese American Nisei revisiting the site of the concentration camp where he was held during World War Ⅱ. This film, which she released under the name Noriko Kawakami, was awarded the Kirin Art Award in 2001. Since then she has been busy directing documentaries, collaborating with musicians, and working on various other projects. Currently, she is in the editing process for her first feature documentary about Rokyoku.|
Took part in a 4-day workshop (2/6-9) using video conference all, presented their works-in-progress and took part in active discussion with mentors and AIR participants.
|Shimada Chiemi is an artist-filmmaker from Chiba, Japan. She studied for an MA in Experimental Film and a BA in Filmmaking at Kingston School of Art, London. Working with both analog (8, 16mm film) and digital materials, her films explore themes of intimacy, domesticity, and displacement while utilizing documentary, fiction, and experimental approaches.|
|Fukuda Pero is a multi-modal anthropologist, poet, and artist from Hyogo Japan. Currently a Ph.D. candidate at Ritsumeikan University. Fukuda conducts fieldwork mainly in Rwanda. His outputs range from film, installation, photography, drawing, poetry, novels to academic writing, exploring the boundary between art and academia, blurring and questioning them, thriving to construct a different holistic form of knowledge. Fukuda has been nominated for Forward Prize for Poetry 2020 and chosen as emerging poets 2020 by Gendaishitecho|
|Iwasaki Yu is a Tokyo-based filmmaker. He directed “Proof of Family” (2019), a documentary about an Ethiopian asylum seeker in Tokyo, which was selected for Nippon Connection and won the audience award at the Tokyo Documentary Film Festival. His contemporary dance film “nai-mono-gatari” (2011) was screened at the DMJ International Dance Film Festival and overseas. He has directed various NHK World programs. He’s been following migrants in Japan. Born in Tokyo, Iwasaki graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in English Literature.|
Supported the filmmakers’ progress on their films through the online workshop, lectures, and one-on-one meetings.
|TAN PIN PIN
|Tan Pin Pin has made a career out of making films that question the idea of Singapore. From traversing Singapore to find out how long it takes to cross the island, 38 mins, to traversing the world to speak with her political exiles, her films question gaps in history, memory, and documentation. They include Singapore GaGa , Invisible City , To Singapore, with Love , and IN TIME TO COME . They have screened at the Berlinale, Hot Docs, Busan, Visions du Réel, SXSW, and at the Flaherty Seminar. She has had retrospectives at RIDM and Dok Leipzig. She has won or been nominated for more than twenty awards including awards from Cinema du Reel and Taiwan International Documentary Festival. She is a co-founding member of filmcommunitysg, an advocacy group for independent filmmakers. She was a board member of the National Archives of Singapore and Singapore International Film Festival. In 2018, she was one of two Singaporeans to be invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, USA. tanpinpin.com|
Film Editor, Producer
|Hata Takeshi was born in Tokyo, Hata began editing TV programs and film trailers professionally during his university years. Going freelance in 1999, his main work is film editor for theatrical documentaries and trailers. His filmography includes films by Sato Makoto such as Hanako (2001), Memories of Agano (2004), and Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said (2005); Power and Terror (2002) by John Junkerman; And Life Goes On (2004), Chokora! (2008), Dryads in a Snow Valley (2015) by Kobayashi Shigeru; Minnano Gakko (2014/editing support) by Manabe Toshinaga; Trace of Breath (2017) by Komori Haruka; Sennan Asbestos Disaster (2017) by Hara Kazuo; Of Love and Law (20017) by Toda Hikaru.|
Adjunct college professor (Hunter College, NYU), Co-founder of Uno Port Art Films
|Tahara Reiko has been an adjunct college professor since 2007, currently teaching documentary history, resistance cinema, Asian Culture, etc at Hunter College (MFA in Integrated Media Arts) and NYU. Also works as a translator and interpreter in film, business, startup, and welfare fields. Co-founder of Uno Port Art Films (est. 2010), a DIY outdoor film festival in Okayama with a theme of “Life, Art, Film.” Through UPAF, she wishes to create unexpected connections between the audience in a small town in Japan and indie filmmakers mainly from the Global South and minority communities in the West whose films are often hard to reach in Japan. Her own past films have been shown in various film festivals and are available at dozens of college libraries across the globe. Immigrated to the US from Japan in 1991. She is also a mother and an active member of a community garden in deep Brooklyn.|
Programmer Image Forum Festival
|Yamashita Koyo was born in Tokyo, Japan. He has been festival director of Image Forum Festival since 2001. Programmer of Theater Image Forum in Shibuya, Tokyo since 2005, guest programmer/curator for many film and media art festivals and film events in and outside Japan. Has served as jury for many international film/art festivals such as Hong Kong International Film Festival, Cannes Director’s Fortnight, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Tampere International Film Festival, etc.|
|Oda Kaori was born in Osaka (Japan), 1987. Her first short film, Thus A Noise Speaks (2010), was presented at festivals such as Tokyo International LGBT Film festival and Nara International Film Festival where it received the Audience Award. She lived in Sarajevo for three years from 2013 and completed the Doctor of Liberal Arts in filmmaking under the supervision of Bela Tarr in 2016. Her first feature, ARAGANE (2015), had its World Premiere at YAMAGATA International Film Festival and received Special Mention. The film has been screened at festivals such as Doclisboa, Mar del Plata IFF, Sarajevo FF, Taiwan International Documentary FF, and more. She is a recipient of Grants for Overseas Study by Young Artists of Pola Art Foundation. Her second feature, Toward A Common Tenderness (2017), had its World Premiere at DOK Leipzig. The film is currently on tour at festivals around such as JAPAN CUT and Pravo Ljudski Film Festival.|
Co-founder of art-house cinema MASH Denpasar, Program Director of Minikino
|Fransiska Prihadi is an architect, co-founder of art-house cinema MASH Denpasar (2019) in Bali. She is the program director of Minikino. She served as guest programmer and jury for various short film festivals such as the Australia-Indonesia Centre ReelOzInd! Short Film competition 2017-2020, SEA Shorts Malaysia 2017-2018 selection committee, 22nd Thai Short Film & Video (2018, Bangkok), jury for East Asian Experimental Film Competition 33rd Image Forum Festival, Tokyo (Jury 2019, Jury Members 1st round evaluation 2020), first-round pre-selection team for Busan International Short Film Festival (2020-2021), curator of shorts fiction category for Indonesian Film Festival Awarding Award (2019-2020), 2020 Shorts Jury for Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Canada), National Competition Jury for Bogotá Short Film Festival 18th edition (Colombia).|