Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Pre-history of the Partisans パルチザン前史

Location Close-up Cinema, Date Event has passed

Tsuchimoto Noriaki |1969 | Japan | 120’| 16mm (video transfer) | Japanese spoken, English subtitles

Pre-history of the Partisans is one of the most extraordinary films about the student struggles taking place globally at the end of the 1960s. In 1969, Tsuchimoto (together with members of Ogawa Productions) had access to a self-organised group of students barricaded inside the Kyodai University in Kyoto. Tsuchimoto was critical of the sectarian conflict that divided the various leftist student groups, but at the same time was interested in their ability to organise, and willingness to act autonomously. The film, a direct-cinema masterpiece that would be a turning point in Tsuchimoto’s own method of working, documents in detail the discussions between the members of the group as they organise and discuss their ideas, define their tactics, prepare their fight, build barricades, and seek ways to broaden their struggle to overthrow not only academic authority but society as a whole.

UK Premiere