Naeem Mohaiemen, United Red Army (The Young Man Was…, Part 1) , 2012. Courtesy the artist

Naeem Mohaiemen, United Red Army (The Young Man Was…, Part 1) , 2012. Courtesy the artist

Naeem Mohaiemen, United Red Army (The Young Man Was…, Part 1) , 2012. Courtesy the artist

Naeem Mohaiemen, United Red Army (The Young Man Was…, Part 1) , 2012. Courtesy the artist

Naeem Mohaiemen, United Red Army (The Young Man Was…, Part 1) , 2012. Courtesy the artist

Naeem Mohaiemen, United Red Army (The Young Man Was…, Part 1) , 2012. Courtesy the artist

Naeem Mohaiemen, United Red Army (The Young Man Was…, Part 1) , 2012. Courtesy the artist

Naeem Mohaiemen, United Red Army (The Young Man Was…, Part 1) , 2012. Courtesy the artist

United Red Army (The Young Man Was…, Part 1) by Naeem Mohaiemen has been described as ‘a revolutionary past meaningful in the sudden eruption of a revolutionary present’ (Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Bidoun). On September 28th 1977, the Japanese Red Army hijacked Japan Airlines 472 to Dhaka. The film covers six days of negotiations between hostage negotiator Mahmud and lead hijacker (codename Dankesu). The spine of the film is the negotiation audiotapes: intense exchanges oscillating between trust and betrayal.

This screening of the film is followed by a conversation between hostage negotiator Air Vice-Marshal (retd.) A.G. Mahmud and actress Carole Wells, one of the hostages on JAL 472. This will be their first encounter since 1977.

A.G. Mahmud served in the Pakistan Air Force and became the youngest Air Force chief of newly independent Bangladesh, after the previous chief died in a plane crash. He resigned from the air force soon after the conclusion of the 1977 hostage negotiation. Carole Wells is an actress, singer and writer based in Los Angeles. Her last major film role was Funny Lady with Barbara Streisand prior to the 1977 hijack.

Moderated by Michikazu Matsune a Japanese visual artist based in Vienna and researcher on the film.

Naeem Mohaiemen is a historian and visual artist. United Red Army is part of The Young Man Was…, his ongoing series on the history of the 1970s ultra-left (shobak.org). The third film in the series, Last Man in Dhaka Central, premiered at the 2015 Venice Biennale, and a fourth short film, Abu Ammar is Coming,will screen in UK cinemas through a 2016 LUX/ICO commission.

United Red Army (The Young Man Was…, Part 1), dir: Naeem Mohaiemen, Bangladesh, 2012, 70min + discussion, DCP.

Presented as part of Tracing the Anabasis of the Japanese Red Army: Conversations across three artists, more information about all the films in the series here.

Film Pass Two: Tracing the Anabasis of the Japanese Red Army
Fri 11 – Sun 13 March
£26 Full Price / £21 Concession
Includes entrance to all films in the series
Film Passes can only be booked via the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.

Special Event: United Red Army (The Young Man Was..., Part 1)
Naeem Mohaiemen

£7.50/£6, book here
Film Pass Two, £26/£21

Fri 11 March, 8.30pm (70min + discussion)

Tyneside Cinema

10 –12 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle
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Box Office 0191 227 5500