The symposium includes a screening of two documentaries: The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan: Summer in Sanrizuka and Narita: The Peasants of the Second Fortress.
The films chronicle the emergence of a decade-long resistance to capitalist expansion in the Japanese countryside. A vital intimacy grows between the filmmakers, farmers, students, and the land they defended—the movement springs from daily life and transforms it. Such are the experiences of the undercommons and destituent power. Though both documentaries were shot nearly 50 years ago, we catch a glimpse of the revolutionary potential of our lives today. This partnership is supported through IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program.