Like his compatriot Philippe Grandrieux, the French artist Eric Baudelaire has made a personal film about the history of the Japanese Red Army (JRA), an extreme left-wing group that took up arms in the early 1970s in order to realise the proletarian revolution. The JRA hijacked aeroplanes and in 1972 organised a raid on the airport of Lod, in which 26 people died. They also fought in Lebanon, with the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
On the soundtrack, we hear the story of the Japanese filmmaker Adachi Masao, who lived in Beirut for years and at the time was spokesman for the JRA. Shigenobu May, the daughter of Shigenobu Fusako, the woman who founded the JRA, talks about her childhood in Lebanon and her many secret identities.
Baudelaire illustrates their stories with 8mm films that he made in Beirut and Tokyo, at the places where both were active. We also see clips from films by Adachi and newsreel footage of the attack at Lod and the arrest of Shigenobu Fusako in 2000.