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   Born in Tokyo in 1940, IDEMITSU grew up in a very old fashioned, male-dominant, typical patriarchal family. This later became the basis of her films works, whose main theme is the issues of family oppression against women. At first wanting to be a novelist, she studied at Waseda University, then went to the University of New York.
There she met and married Sam Francis, a painter of abstract expressionism. While they lived in california, she became a mother of two children. IDEMITSU, however, became tormented with a critical identity issues, feeling as if she had lost herself in the roles of mother and wife. Wondering if any means of self-expression might help her to maintain herself. she went into a camera shop with her two small children one day and decided to buy an 8-mm movie camera.
Soon, IDEMITSU joined a feminist-organized consciousness-raising group and began shooting 16mm films, which was claimed to be a difficult job for women. In 1972, she filmed the "Women's House" of Judy Chicago and others, in order to create an imagery bases on this work. The next year she returned to Japan and continued to create image works in the filed of experimental films, where female artists were quite rare. While these works did not get much attention in Japan, after the 1980's IDEMITS's videos were highly received overseas. Her videos depict such explicit feminist issues as women's bodies, gender roles, mother-child relationships and social oppressions that female creators are often confronted with. She developed a unique technique of her won called "Mako style", where a person's inner world is projected onto a small monitor installed in a larger screen.