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Film Series : Conversations at the Edge Spring 2019

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

2011, Eric Baudelaire, Japan/Lebanon, 66 min.

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  • Sat, Feb 16th 12:30pm

Presented as a companion to Naeem Mohaiemen’s UNITED RED ARMY (THE YOUNG MAN WAS, PART I), Eric Baudelaire’s THE ANABASIS OF MAY AND FUSAKO SHIGENOBU, MASAO ADACHI AND 27 YEARS WITHOUT IMAGES examines the fractured biographies of Fusako Shigenobu, leader of the ultra-left Japanese Red Army (JRA) in Lebanon, her daughter May Shigenobu, and radical Japanese filmmaker Masao Adachi, who moved to Beirut to join the JRA in the early 1970s. Using Adachi’s “theory of landscape” (fukei-ron), which proposes that a nation’s landscape reflects the social and political systems in power, Baudelaire weaves together contemporary and archival images of Tokyo and Beirut with May Shigenobu and Adachi’s recollections of revolution, exile, and their eventual returns home. Presented in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the exhibition "Naeem Mohaiemen: Two Meetings and a Funeral." DCP digital. (Ariel Clark-Semyck)