Student Film Festival Explores Political Activism

  • 2018-04-16
  • Yale Daily News

On Saturday afternoon, filmmaker Linda Hoaglund ’79 taught a workshop titled “War and Memory in Post-War Japanese Cinema.”

Born and raised in Japan, Hoaglund has provided English subtitles for over 200 Japanese films including the works of Hayao Miyazaki. She has also produced and directed her own documentary films.

During the workshop, Hoaglund showed clips from various films made in Japan’s post-war era and discussed her film “ANPO,” a 2010 documentary that chronicles how artists protested the U.S. military presence in Japan during the 1960s.

The documentary includes photographs and paintings that depict the massive political demonstrations of the time. Hoaglund aimed to explore the idea of “the artist as a witness.”

“The question I wanted to ask with my film was ‘How is it possible to make art out of the experience of war?’” Hoaglund said.