Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival
Countercultural new wave cinema from the 60s and 70s comes face-to-face with new experimental films in this investigation of youth and protest in Japan.
This edition of JAEFF, in partnership with The Japan Foundation, riffs off the Oxford Dictionaries word of 2017: 'Youthquake' - defined as ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.’
We are presenting classic avant-garde films from the 1960s and 1970s that examine youth counterculture, the student movements, and general currents of dissatisfaction and rebellion. From 'sun tribe' delinquents in Bad Boys, psychedelic drag queens in Funeral Parade of Roses, and heat-of-the-battle political documentary, to films from the influential Art Theatre Guild (ATG) film studio.
Showing alongside these films are short experimental works from contemporary filmmakers and video artists that engage with life in present-day Japan.
JAEFF: Funeral Parade of Roses + Looking for Jiro (18*)
Toshio Matsumoto’s kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive, intoxicating films of the 60s – a headlong dive into a dazzling Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars.
JAEFF: Bad Boys + Studio Sunrise (12A*) + intro
Considered as one of the founding films of the Japanese New Wave, Bad Boys still retains the unblinking frankness which shocked audiences upon its release.
JAEFF: The Tremors of the Japanese New Wave panel discussion
A special event in the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival’s programme of youth orientated films from the new wave period of the 1960s and 70s.
Barbican Cinema 3
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3 are located on Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance. From Silk Street, you’ll see a zebra crossing that will take you across the road to the venue.
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Cinemas 2 & 3 are located at Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican Centre’s main Silk Street entrance. There are a couple of steep, dropped kerbs and an incline to negotiate between the two sites. Level access from Beech Street.
Each auditorium has three permanent wheelchair spaces (two in the third row and one in the front row) and 153 fixed seats with capacity for a further three spaces in the front row. Access to each auditorium is up a ramp. There are also a number of seats with step-free access.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the cinema – please tell us when booking to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
An infrared system for hard of hearing customers is provided in each auditorium; headsets or neck loops can be collected from foyer staff. The ticket desk counter is fitted with an induction loop.
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