Japanese Red Army - PFLP

Translation / Interpretation / Caption Text

Japanese translation:

The Red Army / PFLP: Declaration of World War


This rarely seen work is a milestone in militant filmmaking and vital testimony to an era of global revolutionary beginnings. Renowned, already notorious Japanese filmmakers and activists Masao Adachi and Koji Wakamatsu stopped in Beirut on their return from the Cannes Film Festival in 1971.

There, in collaboration with a newly-emerging Japanese Red Army (JRA) cadre and leaders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) including Ghassan Kanafani and Leila Khaled, they produced this newsreel-style depiction of the everyday activities of Palestinian fighters so as to call for a worldwide Maoist revolution. The Japanese Red Army... offers a rare and tantalising window on a key chapter of collaboration between Japanese and Palestinian revolutionaries and filmmakers and remains striking testimony to the shared optimism and commitment of the PFLP and JRA’s young cadre.

Palestine 1971

Dirs. Masao Adachi & Koji Wakamatsu (69 minutes)

With English subtitles

Source: The Barbican Theatre