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Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2019


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Examining national identity, cultural memory and perceptions of history through a programme of repertory cinema and contemporary experimental short film.

Fierce satires and poetic meditations on existence from the post-war period are interwoven with expressive and intimate reflections on ‘being’ in present-day Japan.

Inspired by this year’s theme, we are presenting some of our favourite films from the 1960–80s. You will encounter Yukio Mishima’s aesthetic extremism, the scathing institutional satire of Death by Hanging and a barbed view of the US occupation in Pigs and Battleships. JAEFF: Nation invites you to embrace your inner patriot, forget yourself and join the yakuza.  

Showing alongside these films are brilliant new experimental works from filmmakers and video artists that engage with life in contemporary Japan, or that contend with memory and history.

Please be aware there will be extensive road closures in the City from 7am-7pm on Sunday 22 September due to World Car Free DayMake sure to plan ahead, check travel information and allow sufficient time for their journey.


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Get 20% off tickets and pay no booking fees. Plus, enjoy priority booking and £6 Members’ Screenings of the latest films every Sunday (T&Cs apply)

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