Namioka to end
Thu Sep 8 13:51:17 EDT 2005
The newspapers report that the Namioka Film Festival, arguable the best
of the small film festivals in Japan, is being forced to end after 13
years because of prudishness in government. Namioka earned a great
reputation as a small town holding a small festival with good
programming and good discussions with filmmakers, but this year's
program of 22 films by Kumashiro Tatsumi (World of Geisha, Woman in
Red) got the attention of the local education board, which then
determined that spending public funds to show roman porno was
inappropriate and thus pulled its financial support and refused to rent
a hall for screenings. This despite the fact that the national
government's Agency for Cultural Affairs has recognized Nikkatsu Roman
Poruno's artistic merit and has funded efforts to screen it abroad.
This year's festival will be greatly reduced in size and will become
the last edition of this event.
Ah, more contradictions in the land of Koizumi.
Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
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