Narita: Heta Village
Japan / 1973 / B&W / 146 min / 16mm
In Japanese with English Subtitles
The sixth installment of the Narita Series. The prolonged struggles went on for the sixth year. For the people fighting against the airport construction, the struggles had become part of their daily lives. Many protestors were arrested during the second phase of the forced requisition of land. In Heta village, where Ogawa Productions installed their base, a young farmer had committed suicide. Besides continuing to follow the events of the struggles, the camera also started to step into the village life itself. What it discovered were the village’s pace and rhythm, a culture built around farming. Nartia: Heta Villlage marks the transition of Ogawa’s style and subject matter: instead of following political events, Ogawa concentrated more and more on the life of the protestors as an inheritance from the past, the present as a vestige of history. (From the catalogue of Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival '93)

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9/11/2011(Wed) 7:30PM