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Living in Tatekawa [竪川に生きる], by YAMAMOTO Yōko

Wednesday February 28th, 2024 Screening (Saint-Denis)

Screening at the Écran de Saint-Denis on February 28th, 2024 (6:30 pm) followed by a Q&A with director YAMAMOTO Yōko. Theater address: 14 Passage de l’Aqueduc, 93200 Saint-Denis, subway stop: Basilique de Saint-Denis (ligne 13).


In 2012, a year before the 2020 Olympics were awarded to the city of Tokyo, I met a man who lived in a park in northeast Tokyo. He was mobilizing people against the eviction of the group of people living there. I asked him, “Why don’t you apply for Social Benefits?” He explained that he collected cans for a living and said: “If you want, come and see where we live.” The next day, I went there and felt I wanted to record their lives in a film.

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Yoko Yamamoto (Hikari, Japan, 1976) is living in France since 2017. After a Master’s degree in linguistics at Chiba University (Japan), she studied photography at the Tokyo School of Photography (2007). Her work as a documentary photographer on a small factory in Tokyo was published in the book Tōkyō machi kōba (Raichōsha, 2008). Her documentary film Living in Tatekawa (Tatekawa ni ikiru, 2021) was screened in the “Route du doc – Japon” section during the 2022 États généraux du film documentaire in Lussas (Ardèche, France).

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Original Title: Tatekawa ni ikiru [竪川に生きる]
Director: YAMAMOTO Yōko [山本 容子]
Year: 2021
Duration: 100 min.
Country: Japan
Language : Japanese
Subtitles : French or English
Production: YAMAMOTO Yōko
Photography: YAMAMOTO Yōko
Sound: YAMAMOTO Yōko
Editing: YAMAMOTO Yōko

Tuesday November 14th, 2023 Screening (Paris)

Screening at Forum des images on November 14th, 2023 (8.30 pm) followed by a Q&A with director YAMAMOTO Yōko.

November 17th, 2022 Screening (Tokyo)

114th VIDEO ACT! screening.
6.30 pm at Tokyo Voluntary Action Center (〒162-0823 Tōkyōto, Shinjuku, Kagurakashi 1-1 – Central Plaza, 10th floor)
Screening followed by an online Q&A with director YAMAMOTO Yōko.

Friday August 26th, 2022 Screenings (Lussas)

Screenings during the États généraux du film documentaire 2022 at Lussas (Ardèche, France). The film was selected in the Route du doc – Japon section.
August 26th, 2022 – 10.15 am – Salle Scam
August 26th, 2022 – 9.30 pm – Salle Moulinage
Screenings followed by a Q&A with director YAMAMOTO Yōko.

2023 Festival Festival

2023 Festival Call for Entries

The 2023 festival will be held in Paris on November 17th and 18th, 2023.

Films with 2021, 2022 or 2023 copyright may apply.

Duration: more than 50 minutes
Subject matter: contemporary Japanese society
Languages: French, Japanese with French or English subtitles, English.

→ To compete please send an email to including (1) a brief introduction of the filmmaker, (2) a summary of the film –which will appear on the festival site if the film is preselected –as well as (3) a link to an online copy of your film. Instead of a link you may also upload your film directly on the festival’s Seafile account using this link:

– June 1st, 2023: deadline for reception of films
– Beginning of September: the selection committee preselects four films
– End of September: announcement of the preselected films which will be screened during the festival
– November 17th & 18th: Festival


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