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Forest of Oppression – A Record of the Struggle at Takasaki City University of Economics
(Assatsu no mori – Takasaki Keizai Daigaku toso no kiroku)

Directed by Shinsuke Ogawa.
Japan, 1967, 16mm transferred to digital video, black & white, 105 min.

After Sea of Youth, the film team turned itself into a full-fledged collective: the Independent Screening Organization or Jieso for short. The precursor to Ogawa Productions, Jieso networked social movements and film fans across Japan to create an alternative distribution route. Their next film, Forest of Oppression, turns to the phenomenon of students barricading themselves inside schools to various political ends. Audiences were shocked by the vigor and violence of this protest at the small university. The film’s radical style and content immediately put Ogawa on the map.

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