Friday, May 24, 2019

MOMA is doing a retrospective of the work of Kazuo Hara (June 6–16, 2019)

From the MOMA email I received on the series:

Rounding out the summer programs at MOMA is a retrospective of the eminent Japanese filmmaker Kazuo Hara (June 6–16, 2019), with the director himself in attendance, as well as documentary filmmaker Michael Moore for an opening night discussion.

The series opens with Hara’s infamous The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987), about an aging Japanese veteran’s monomaniacal efforts to expose the war crimes of his commanders. Hara’s compassionate pursuit of justice for society’s weak and vulnerable is also evident in Goodbye CP (1972), a devastating film about people with cerebral palsy and their struggle to be acknowledged; Extreme Private Eros: Love Song (1974), the story of an independent activist becoming a single mother; A Dedicated Life (1994), in which preeminent postwar novelist Mitsuhari Inuoe remains courageous in the face of cancer; and Sennan Asbestos Disaster (2017), about a dwindling community of former asbestos workers, dying of cancer and other diseases, who sue the Japanese government. Other series highlights include excerpts from Hara’s latest project, Minimata Now, which he intends to finish later this year.

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