Starts: 30 September 2021, 09:00
Finishes: 2 October 2021, 23:55
Venue: Online

SYMPOSIUM. Japanese Documentary Filmmaker Haneda Sumiko: Authorship and Gender Discourses.  

This event is free and open to public. If you would like to attend the event please register in advance via Zoom

Screenings: By registering the conference via Zoom, you will automatically sign up for the film screening and the password will be given to you by email on the very date of the screening (please check your spam folder).

Organising committee:  Marcos Centeno, Irene González-López, Alejandra Armendáriz-Hernández and Ricardo Matos.

Translations and subtitling of Haneda’s films: Moe Shoji. Revised by Forum Mithani.

Partnership: This event is carried out in partnership between Japan Research Centre (SOAS), BIMI (Birkbeck Institute for Moving Images), Birkbeck, the Japan Foundation and also supported by the Great Britain SASAKAWA Foundation, Nanzan University and “On the Move” Fellowship – Society of Spanish Researcher in the UK (SRUK/CERU).

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THURSDAY, 30th September 2021


9.00 – 9.10                  Introduction. Marcos Centeno, Irene González-López, Alejandra Armendáriz-Hernández, Ricardo Matos.  

9.10 – 10.05               Professor Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano (Kyoto University).

Making Meaning of Haneda’s ‘Japanese Women’: A Women’s College in the Village (Mura no fujin gakkyu, 1957) and The Cherry Tree with Gray Blossoms (Usuzumi no sakura, 1977).

Moderator: Marcos Centeno

10.05 – 10.15              break

10.15 – 10.35             Marcos Centeno (Birkbeck/UV guest lecturer at Nanzan Univ.)

Haneda Sumiko´s Transnational Cinema: Japanese Settlers in Manchuria 

 10.35 – 10.55             Hikari Hori (Toyo University)

             Documentary and the Intimate Sphere: Haneda Sumiko in the 1980s and the 1990s.

 10.55 – 11.15              Discussion.

Moderator: Forum Mithani (Cardiff)

11.20 – 11.45              Screening the work of Haneda Sumiko. Notes on the circulation and distribution of Japanese documentary – Part I

Working with Haneda Sumiko

Pre-recorded conversation with Sato Tokue, filmmaker, Haneda Sumiko’s personal assistant, Manager of Kanatasha, Inc..

Interviewer:  Irene González-López


15.00 – 16.00             Live Screening: Dedicated Treasures of Horyuji-Temple (Haneda Sumiko, 1971, 20min) via BIMI (Birkbeck Institute for Moving Images).

                                   Introduction: Alejandra Armendáriz-Hernández (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)

16.00 – 16.55             Anne McKnight (University of California, Riverside)  

Usuzumi and Eco-thinking

Moderator: Teresa Castro (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

16.55 – 17.05             break

17.05 – 17.50             Screening the work of Haneda Sumiko. Notes on the circulation and distribution of Japanese documentary – Part II


Alexander Jacoby (Oxford Brookes University), Irene González-López (Birkbeck)

Moderator: Ricardo Matos (Birkbeck)

17.50- 18.00               Closing remarks.

FRIDAY 1st October – SATURDAY 2nd October 

Online film screening: The Japanese Settlers to the Manchuria and Inner Mongolia of Mainland China (Haneda Sumiko, 2008, 120min). BIMI (Birkbeck Institute for Moving Images). Free but it is necessary to be enrolled in the symposium to have access to the film.

Past Events Related to this Project:

Tribute to Haneda Sumiko
Open City Documentary Festival. ICA. 11th September 2021

Japanese Documentary Filmmaker Haneda Sumiko. Authorship and Gender Discourses.
1st  Symposium 22th July 2021 / Online Screenings 16-17th July + 23rd-24th July 2021
Japan Research Centre (SOAS)