program summary

A Crime Against Art (2007) is a film edited by Hila Peleg based on the trial staged by United Nations Plaza at the 2007 ARCO art fair in Madrid. Taking its inspiration from the mock trials carried out by Andre Breton and his peers during the 1930s, the film uses a theatrical presentation  to deal with a number of topics, including the relationship between art and institution and the influence of the upper class on artistic tastes.
Presenting the work are scriptwriters Vidokle and Zolghadr, who also play the role of defendants. The case for the prosecution and testimony (provided by Maria Lind and Anselm Franke amongst others) covering the purpose of art in contemporary society, globalisation and other related issues, seeks to unravel the nature of this mysterious ‘crime against art’.

There are around 312,000 Brazilian people living in Japan. Some of them have a message they want to share.

How should we face up to our own history? This is a documentary focusing on the fragmented recollections of Japan’s nuclear research programme during the Second World War. Even Japan, the eventual victim of a nuclear attack, carried out research into nuclear weapons during that period. Using material supplied by the Japanese Navy the Imperial University of Kyoto had constructed a cyclotron. Following the war this was ordered dismantled by the SCAP, however the core part of the apparatus was left intact, kept in storage at the Kyoto University Museum. Why was the cyclotron dismantled, yet this one part of it left intact? Through interviews with the related parties and examination of the documentation, this film seeks to uncover its untold history.

The Notting Hill Carnival is a symbol of multiculturalism in Britain. The first part of this film follows Smokey Joe, a Jamaican photographer and a figure well-known to carnival-goers as a seller of grilled corn, who grew up in the area and documented its history. The second half features a white blues singer, Gaz Mayall, as he prepares for a show.

Upload a video which shows people protesting against the Israeli invasion of Gaza, and you would soon be met by hostile comments from all over the world. However, among all those comments, you would probably find messages from Palestine people, sent from those internet cafes which have avoided the bombing. These ontological and postal images are rooted in our daily life. Apartheid, the Nike-ization of Miyashita Park and Safety & Security Action will all continue to exist like ghosts until we put an end to xenophobia.

A study into the essence of terrorism against the background of Israeli occupied Palestine since 2002. Through interviews with the people who carry out their daily lives under the threat of attacks, this innovative documentary tries to answer the questions, ‘what is violence?’ and ‘what is terror?’

Kenji Uchida, the director of this film, commutes 2 hours every day to a university in Saitama from his home in Kanagawa. Having failed the university entrance exams once before beginning his studies, he started to think about the uniqueness and inscrutability of these people called ‘university students’. Eventually he began to record the experiences of a former high school classmate and student at another university, Kohei Yazaki. Yazaki had faced the same problems with his entrance exams, and since starting university found himself facing a lonely lifestyle and feeling a sense of disappointment with the school he had chosen. How does he feel about the idea of ‘university’ and university students’? This is a documentary film about his story.


Sat. 4th July @Room 115

15:00-16:30 Film Screening ”Occupation 101”

“Solidarity with Palestine:The Movement to End Israeli Apartheid in the U.S.”
Setsu Shigematsu(University of California, Riverside)
Satoshi Ukai (Hitotsubashi University)
Takeshi Kimoto (Cornell University)
Language: Japanese