What We Achieved and What We Didn't

私たちにできたこと できなかったこと

Okazaki Takashi


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Title in English What We Achieved and What We Didn't
Title in Original Language 私たちにできたこと できなかったこと
Director(s) Okazaki Takashi
Director's Bio/Filmography Born 1960 in Akita. Okazaki is a member of YIDFF Network, a citizen’s group to support Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and he has taken part in the festival from the inception. He’s written an article "Democracy in Taiwan, Democracy in Films, Democracy of the Heart" in Documentary Box 11 and "What the filmmaker can do after 3.11" in Tohokugaku 02. Making his debut as a filmmaker with this documentary "What We Achieved and What We Didn't", he subsequently directed "Konna manshon sumimasuka?" (Do you want to live in an apartment like this?) (2012) and "Jinkan" (2013). His fourth film "BOSAI Girls" (2015) premiered at BOSAI Fes' in September 2015, which was presented by Shibuya City, Tokyo. Okazaki currently resides in Yamagata.
Year of Completion 2011
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 30 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format DVD
Shooting Locations Yamagata City
Shooting Dates/Periods March - May 2011
Names of Characters
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Date of First Public Screening 2011/10/7
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Japan
Date of First Public Screening in Japan
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events Cinema with Us Screening Tour in Kobe, Miyagi and Tokyo (2012)
BOSAI Café in Banna (Ishigaki City, Okinawa)
The 3rd Tohoku Bunkyo Festival (Yamagata City)
Bosai Mother's Café (Yokohama City)
Staff Credits Photography: Okazaki Takashi
Editing: Okazaki Takashi
Producer Okazaki Takashi
Distributor / Distribution Company Okazaki Takashi
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events YIDFF 2011