Sea of Youth (1966)
56 minutes, B&W, 16mm, English subtitles
Ogawa’s directorial debut records student opposition to government changes in the correspondence school system. Their youth resonates with Ogawa’s independent spirit to produce a passionate portrait of people rethinking education, work, and life.
Another Village: The Radical Documentaries of Ogawa Shinsuke
Ogawa Shinsuke was one of the pillars of postwar Japanese documentary, whose influence has spread throughout Asia. Pursuing committed, independent documentary, he soon realized that it wasn’t enough to stand on the side of the oppressed: one had to live with them, and experience their different sense of time and space. Ogawa’s films did not just document some of the great struggles in modern Japan, they also recorded alternative modes of living that were disappearing with capitalist development. This series presents four masterworks representative of different stages in Ogawa’s career.