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date: 24 April 2019

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This chapter charts the history of the international film festival circuit’s relationship to Asian cinema, using Japanese cinema to explore the circuit’s ideological underpinnings. It concludes with a short history of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival to assert the importance of smaller, regional festivals, which hold the potential for creating extremely productive short circuits in the system.

Keywords: documentary, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, film festivals

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