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


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L'anabase de May et Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi et 27 années sans images


France, 2011, 66 min


Eric Baudelaire
Eric Baudelaire
Eric Baudelaire
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Few artists have shifted from revolutionary imagination to revolutionary action like Masao Adachi, a collaborator with both the Japanese New Wave and the Japanese Red Army. A scriptwriter and colleague of Nagisa Oshima and Koji Wakamatsu, and a director of left-wing sex films, Adachi abandoned commercial filmmaking—and Japan—entirely in 1974 to join the extremist Japanese Red Army in exile in Beirut, where the group gained fame through deadly hijackings and bombings in support of a free Palestine and a worldwide Communist revolution. Also in Beirut was the group’s founder Fusako Shigenobu and her daughter May, who lived incognito for years. A film on exile, revolution, landscapes and memory, Anabasis brings forth the remarkable parallel stories of Adachi and May, one a filmmaker who gave up images, the other a young woman whose identity-less existence forbade keeping images of her own life. Fittingly returning the image to their lives, director Eric Baudelaire places Adachi and May’s revelatory voiceover reminiscences against warm, fragile Super-8mm footage of their split milieus, Tokyo and Beirut. Grounding their wide-ranging reflections in a solid yet complex reality, Anabasis provides a richly rewarding look at a fascinating, now nearly forgotten era (in politics and cinema), reminding us of film’s own ability to portray—and influence—its landscape.

—Jason Sanders

North American Premiere.

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Eric Baudelaire

Born in Salt Lake City, Eric Baudelaire is an artist and filmmaker living in Paris. Working in photography, video, printmaking and installation, Baudelaire is interested in the relationship between images and events, documents and narratives and, specifically, the representations of politically charged events. His works have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. An artist’s residency in Japan, where he researched the histories of extreme left-wing groups, led him to the stories of the Japanese Red Army, the films of Masao Adachi and May Shigenobu, the daughter of the JRA’s founder, Fusako Shigenobu.