Retrospective Ogawa + Ogawa Pro

This retrospective highlights the essential documentaries of Ogawa Shinsuke (1936-1992) and the filmmaking collective Ogawa Pro, founded in the late 1960s. Their work, still insufficiently known in the West, was a formidable force in postwar independent Japanese cinema and their influence is still felt today in Japanese and other Asian documentary filmmaking.


Shinkune Ogawa (Courtesy of Athenee Francais Cultural Center, Japan)Cinéma du Réel and the Jeu de Paume launch a major cinema documentary retrospective dedicated to the Japanese cineaste Shinsuke Ogawa and the collective Ogawa Productions (Ogawa Pro).

A rare occasion to appreciate a rare cinematographic production in its chronology, exceptional insight of major political changes, made as closely as possible to the individuals and their struggles.

> From March 27 to April 1st, Cinéma du Réel will inaugurate the program with a presentation of the first Ogawa films which electrified the student movement in the late 60s (1966-1969) in Japan.

Sea of Youth – Four correspondence course students (1966),
Report from Haneda (1967),
The Battle Front for the liberation of Japan – Summer in Sanrizuka (1968)
Forest of Oppression – A record of the struggle at Takasaki City University of Economics (1977),
Prehistory of the Partisans (1969, directed by Noriaki Tsuchimoto, Masao Tsusumi).

Screenings will be presented by Ricardo Matos Cabo et Markus Nornes, professor and author of «Forest of Pressure », reference book on Ogawa’s cinema.

> Saturday, 31 March
Masterclass with Ricardo Matos Cabo and Markus Nornes


> From April 3rd to April 28, the Jeu de Paume will complete the rest of the production of the collective with a series of films shot in Sanrizuka fields between 1968 and 1977 documenting protests against the construction of the Narita international airport, along with the series of made films and then the installation of the collective in the rural village of Magino in the north of Japan between 1977 and 1992.

Winter in Sanrizuka (1970)
Sanrizuka — the Three Day War (1970)
Sanrizuka – Peasants of the Second Fortress(1971)
Sanrizuka – The Construction of Iwayama Tower (1971)
Sanrizuka – Heta Village (1973)
Dokkoi! Songs from the Bottom (1975)
The Magino Village Story – Pass (1977)
L’histoire du village de Magino – Raising Silkworms (1977)
« Nippon » : Furuyashiki Village (1982)
The Sundial Carved with a Thousand Years of Notches – The Magino Village Tale (1986)

Screenings will be presented by Ricardo Matos Cabo and Iizuka Toshio, former member of Ogawa Pro collective.


Curated by Ricardo Matos Cabo, in collaboration with Jeu de Paume.


Harvard film archive :  Songs of Struggle – The Radical Documentaries of Shinsuke Ogawa

Institute of Contemporary Arts