The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Without Images

The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Without Images

The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Without Images

66 min
Single Channel Video
USA/France, 2011

Fusako Shigenobu, a founder and leader of the Japanese Red Army, an international left-wing faction, and Masao Adachi, a left filmmaker who had abandoned the commercial filmmaking, had been living in exile in Lebanon, Beirut, since the 1970s. Mei, Fusako’s daughter, was born there. She entered Japan for the first time when she was 27 after her mother was captured by Japanese authority in 2010. The Japanese Red Army has supported Palestinian causes among others through hijacking and bombing in 1980s, garnering the label of terrorists.

This film tells about revolution, landscapes and memory through an approach of landscape called fukeiron, which was pioneered, among others, by Masao Adachi himself. Using fukeiron, this film presents landscapes to reveal the underlying structures of oppression that underpin and perpetuate the political system.

Adachi and Mei Shigenobu’s voiceover go together with Tokyo and Beirut’s landscapes in the Super-8mm and archival footages, presenting a complex reality of ordinary lives of those who have to forge their identities. Not only that though, the film also testifies over a nearly forgotten significant era of of politics and cinema.

Eric Baudelaire
An artist born in the US and live in France. He was just awarded with the 12th Sharjah Biennial several months ago. His art projects have been featured in various film festivals and presented as installation in international visual art biennales. In 2012 he was the curator for the 8th Taipei Biennial: The Museum of Ante-Memorials. Eric Baudelaire also teaches at School of Art and Design École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Lyon in 2011 to 2013. In May 2015, he and other participating artists in 12th Sharjah Biennial issued a joint petition with Gulf Labor responding to Ashok Sukumaran dan Walid Raad’s restriction from entering the United Emirates Arab.