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Japanese Documentary Filmmaker Haneda Sumiko: Authorship and Gender Discourses

This project proposes a rediscovery of probably the most important female documentary maker from Japan, Haneda Sumiko (1926-), who was a pioneer female documentarist and one of the most prolific in post-war Japan. Haneda was one of the few women working in the influential Iwanami Productions where she participated in the creation of many short and long non-fiction works from the early years of the company between 1950s and 1980s and as an independent filmmaker until 2012.

The project is the result of a collaboration of scholars working on Japanese Cinema from several angles -Gender Studies, Documentary Film, Film Theory and Authorship- who are joining efforts to cast light on this still under-researched female director.


Friday 16th - Saturday 17th July
Online film screening: Hayachine no Fu (Ode to Mt. Hayachine, 1982, 156min). BIMI. Free but it is necessary to be enrolled in the event to have access to the film.

Thursday 22nd July (All times are GMT)
Online Symposium

11:00am - 11:15am  Introduction. Marcos Centeno, Irene González-López, Alejandra Armendáriz-Hernández, Ricardo Matos  
11:15am - 11:55am

Professor Koji Toba (Waseda University)
Visualising Invisible Contamination: Haneda Sumiko's TV Programs on Environmental Pollution

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Panel 1. Moderator: Maria Roemer (Birkbeck)

Matteo Boscarol (Independent Researcher)
The embrace of the mountain: ancestral practices and rural life on the cusp of obsolescence - Haneda Sumiko’s Ode to Mt. Hayachine.

Marcos Centeno (Birkbeck):
Haneda Sumiko: Adding Gender Perspective to the Iwanami Documentary School


1:00pm - 1:30pm  Break
1:30pm - 2:30pm

1.30 – 2.30pm (UK Time)              Panel 2. Moderator: Forum Mithani (SOAS)

Alejandra Armendáriz-Hernández (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and SRUK/CERU fellow)
Women's Lives in Modern Japan. The Biographical Genre in Haneda Sumiko’s Independent Films.

Irene González-López (Meiji Gakuin University/Kingston University)
Akiko: Portrait of an Indomitable Force.


Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th July
Online film screening: Into the Picture Scroll-The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa (2004, 100min). BIMI. Free but it is necessary to be enrolled in the event to have access to the film.


This event is free and open to public. If you would like to attend the event please register. Please register via Zoom.



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