What we do


  • Organization : DOCU MEMENTO Executive Committee
  • Section : None
  • Type of Grant Program : Single


This festival was launched for documentary creators to express what they cannot fully convey through existing media. A screen was set up in a neighborhood izakaya, with creators, performers and audience members all rubbing shoulders and generating thinking and action for the society of the future.
Over the last two years during the long-drawn out pandemic, division and intolerance has spread. DOCU MEMENTO organizers wanted to create an opportunity for each of us to restore tolerance by resisting these global trends, and presenting diverse ways of life, choices, and ways of thinking through the medium of the documentary. This edition of the festival provided a platform for the voices of diverse guests including Kyochi Watanabe, who uses music to try and prevent people taking their own lives in Aokigahara Forest, known as Suicide Forest; Gushiken Takamatsu, who recovers the remains of Okinawa’s war dead; Mayumi Tsuchiya and Ayano Kanzaki, who question the social requirement for women to be “feminine”; the Kurds speaking up on the issue of the Higashi Nihon Immigration Center, and reports on those resisting authority in Myanmar and Afghanistan.


DOCU MEMENTO Executive Comittee
The Committee produces video works and runs events for the purpose of suggesting a new approach to the documentary and giving the documentary its place as a cultural force, as well as for the purpose of designing by itself the ideal environment for documentary creators. Docu Memento was established in 2017 and has been organizing annual festival in Shinagawa-ku in Tokyo. The festival explores new forms of expression linked to society, creating documentaries that offer an interactive experience different from television broadcasts or theaters. As well as expanding video works to internet, television and film, its documentaries also feature on the website of the UK’s Guardian newspaper.


Yonemoto Naoki
Executive Committee member
DOCU MEMENTO Executive Committee
1-3-13, Otaku, Tokyo


Ichiryu Yataimura, Shinagawa City, Tokyo
KAIDO Books & Coffee, Shinagawa City, Tokyo