In her research, Anastasia Fedorova explores how in the first half of the twentieth century Japanese and Russian filmmakers, critics, and audiences interacted with each other through the medium of film. Drawing on primary sources collected in Japan, Russia, and the U.S., she presents the concept of Realism as a recurrent concern and the chief motivating force behind the interactions between Soviet and Japanese cinema.
This collection of essays was published in a form of a catalogue for one of the propgrams screened at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Fstival in October 2019. The program entitled "The Creative Treatment of Grierson in Wartime Japan" was co-organized by the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and the National Film Archive of Japan and presented a broad variety of wartime Japanese documentaries as well as British and Soviet films that have influenced them. The collection of essays explores the development of wartime Japanese documentary cinema from variety of historical and theoretical perspectives.
This paper examines how in the era of transition to sound Japanese filmmakers aspired to export the image of their country abroad.