prog: 2056

Cinema with Us

The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) is a documentary film festival held biennially in Yamagata, Japan. It was first held in October 1989. Its emphasis is on showcasing best achievements in documentary filmmaking, as well as promoting and popularizing the genre and documentary filmmaking in the region. The objective of their “Cinema with Us” project is to share images of people dealing with the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and to show how they are coming to terms with it. Since the disaster, normal life appears to be returning to a semblance of normality, but if peeling back the surface, we discover the reality that many difficulties, hardships, and concerns are still ongoing. By showing films that deal with the disaster, YIDFF hopes to share people’s thoughts and emotions with as large an audience as possible, creating new connections, and pointing to a way forward.

Three films related to this support program will be exceptionally screened in order to welcome the initiative of YDFF as well as to explore new forms of representation the post-Fukushima area.

Matsubayashi Yoju, 2011, JP, HD, ov st fr, 109'

The Enei district of Minami Soma town lies within the 20 km exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. In early April 2011, immediately after the devastating tsunami and nuclear meltdown forced people to evacuate the area, filmmaker Matsubayashi rushed here with relief goods. From a chance meeting with city councillor Tanaka Kyoko, he began making this film. Living together with the evacuees in school classrooms designated as temporary refuge centres, he captured an extraordinary period in the lives of the local people. Interspersed with humorous episodes and deep emotions, the film delves into memories of a local culture that has been taken away by the tragedy.

Matsubayashi Yoju will be there on sunday the 7th!

29.11 > 17:00 + 07.12 > 19:00
7,5€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)

Ian Thomas Ash, 2012, JP, HD, ov st fr, 70'

Eighteen months after the nuclear meltdown, children in Fukushima are suffering from severe nose bleeds and are developing skin rashes and thyroid cysts and nodules. Citing a lack of transparency in the official medical testing of their children and the ineffectiveness of the decontamination of their homes and schools, the children’s mothers take radiation monitoring into their own hands.

29.11 > 19:00
7,5€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)

Yumiko Hayakawa, 2014, JP, HD, ov st ang, 56'

Since the three reactors went into meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, a broad, disparate anti-nuclear movement has developed throughout Japan. Nowhere is that more apparent, perhaps, than in Fukushima prefecture, where a group of local women boldly protest the deafening silence of the Japanese government over the worst nuclear accident of this century. Largely ignored by their own media, these brave women brush aside their cultural shyness and share their brutally honest views on the state of the cleanup, the cover-ups, the untruths and the stagnant political climate in today’s Japan. Supported with haunting footage from abandoned towns around the plant, the Women of Fukushima (“Fukushima no Onnatachi”) offers startlingly candid insights, in the women’s own voices, about what has become of their lives, homes, and families in the aftermath of 3/11.

A videoconference meeting will be held after the screening with the director and Kida Setsuko to discuss the film and the current situation.

29.11 > 21:00
7,5€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)

lang: en
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prog: 2056
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