THE ANABASIS OF MAY AND FUSAKO SHIGENOBU, MASAO ADACHI AND 27 YEARS WITHOUT IMAGES

- BY ERIC BAUDELAIRE 66 MIN - COLOR & BW SUPER 8 MM & HD VIDEO -

Who are May and Fusako Shigenobu? Fusako — leader of an extremist left-wing faction, the Japanese Red Army, involved in a number of terrorist operations — has been in hiding in Beirut for almost 30 years. May, her daughter, born in Lebanon, only discovered Japan at the age of twentyseven, after her mother’s arrest in 2000. And Masao Adachi? A screenwriter and radical activist filmmaker, committed to armed struggle and the Palestinian cause, was also underground in Lebanon for several decades before being sent back to his native country. In his years as a film director, he had been one of the instigators of a ʻtheory of landscapeʼ — fukeiron: through filming landscapes, Adachi sought to reveal the structures of oppression that underpin and perpetuate the political system. Anabasis? The name given, since Xenophon, to wandering, circuitous homeward journeys.
It is this complicated, dark, and always suspenseful story that Eric Baudelaire — an artist renowned for using photography as a means of questioning the staging of reality — chose to bring forth using the documentary format. Filmed on Super 8 mm, and in the manner of fukeiron, contemporary panoramas of Tokyo and Beirut are blended in with archival footage, TV clips and film excerpts as backdrop for May and Adachiʼs voices and memories. They speak of everyday life, of being a little girl in hiding, of exile, politics and cinema, and their fascinating overlap. All of which adds up not so much to an enquiry as a fragmented anamnesis.
(Jean-Pierre Rehm, from the FID Marseille catalog)

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PRESS & REVIEWS


THE NEW YORK TIMES, Dennis Lim
A Japanese Director's Path to Revolution, FEB 28 2012

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VDROME, Anna Gritz
The Anabasis..., JULY 2013

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FRIEZE, Nicole Yip
Eric Baudelaire, JUNE 17 2012

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PIERRE ZAOUI
Anabasis of Terror: Trying (Not) to Understand, CAC Synagogue de Delme, 2011

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PUBLICO, Jorge Mourinha
Entre a memoria e o arrependimento da militancia revolucionaria, OCT 23 2012

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IL MANIFESTO, Cristina Piccino
Fusaku che guidava l’Armata rossa, JULY 13 2011

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- CREDITS -

DIRECTOR  Eric Baudelaire ASSISTANTS  Eléonore Mahmoudian, Siska PHOTOGRAPHY  Eric Baudelaire SOUND  Diego Eiguchi, Philippe Welsh EDITING  Eric Baudelaire, Laure Vermeersch, Minori Akimoto WITH THE SUPPORT OF  Le centre national des arts plastiques - Le centre d'art La Synagogue de Delme - La Villa Kujoyama

- TECHNICAL INFO -

DURATION  66 min MEDIUM  Super 8 PROJECTION FORMAT  DCP LANGUAGES  English & Japanese SUBTITLES  English or French