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In the Realm of Oshima
Much parsed and puzzled over, Shohei Imamura’s famous pronouncement, “I’m a country farmer; Nagisa Oshima is a samurai” may be ambiguous in tone and intent—is it ironic, invidious, deferential?—but it emphasizes the directors’ differences: class, stylistic, and otherwise. Often paired as twin avatars of the Japanese New Wave, a term Oshima (born in Kyoto, 1932) took every opportunity to spurn and…
Faegre & Benson LLP: Envisioning Progress in Lives and Communities
The Walker’s Women with Vision international film festival recognizes the unique contributions and perspectives women bring to the art of filmmaking. It also provides a showcase for their remarkable and poignant stories and documentaries. Films featured this year explore issues that often pertain to vulnerable populations in a variety of countries and cultures. Among these is Older Than America…
Voices Seen and Heard
Public engagement, access, and community storytelling are the major reasons I found myself attracted to documentary filmmaking. With my first documentary, Witness, I saw the need for exhibition venues that are open to young people and that could host community conversations. This is when, in 1999, I first experienced the Walker and the Girls in the Director’s Chair program. In March 2007, I premiered my…