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The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years without Images Eric Baudelaire

A leader of the extreme left Japanese Red Army, who spent the past 30 years in hiding in Beirut, her daughter, and a highly convoluted journey home between yesterday and today.

The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years without Images

Documentary Film
France
2011
66 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Eric Baudelaire
Eric Baudelaire
Eric Baudelaire
Eric Baudelaire
Eric Baudelaire
Diego Eiguchi
Who are May and Fusako Shigenobu? Fusako –leader of a small extreme left-wing group, the Japanese Red Army– has been hiding in Beirut for nigh on 30 years. May, her daughter, only discovered Japan at the age of 27. And Masao Adachi? A screenwriter and radical, activist filmmaker, committed to the armed struggle. Amongst other things, he is also the instigator of a ‘theory of landscape’ – fukeiron: through filming landscapes Adachi seeks to reveal the patterns of oppression. Anabasis? This, ever since Xenophon, has been the name given to difficult or even circuitous homeward journeys. It is this complex, dark story, always full of tension that Eric Baudelaire has chosen to evoke using the documentary format. Shot in Super 8, and in the manner of fukeiron, contemporary views of Tokyo and Beirut are blended in with archive footage, TV clips and excerpts from films to spread out the backdrop for May and Adachi’s voices and memories. They speak of everyday life, of being a little girl in hiding, of exile, politics and cinema and the fascinating relationships between them.
– Jean-Pierre Rehm (FID Marseille 2011)