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Film Screenings + Q&A on the Physical & Psychological Effects of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
September 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0| $15
Organized by: CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)
On Friday, 9/11/15 at 7 pm, CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) and friends invite you to a film program and Q&A about the ways in which the people of Japan continue to grapple with the myriad effects, both seen and unseen, of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 and children may sit on the floor for free. All proceeds after $150 expenses (for the space and refreshments) will go to the filmmakers. Special thanks to Mar Creation, Inc.
THE PROGRAM (in Japanese w/ English subtitles)
Little Kyota Errand Hood 20′, 2014, dir. by Satsuki Okay
A2-B-C 70′, 2013, dir. by Ian Thomas Ash
Q&A by Skype with A2-B-C director Ian Thomas Ash (in English with Japanese interpreter provided)
Narrative short “Little Kyota Errand Hood” focuses on the way that children and parents apprehend the invisible threat of possible radiation exposure and the conflicts and relationships that their attitudes spark. Feature documentary “A2-B-C” documents the growing number of children suffering from nose bleeds, skin rashes, and thyroid issues and the difficulty of receiving reliable information about the radiation threat from the authorities. Both films illustrate the ways in which Japanese parents have sought to take charge of the situation and implement their own solutions to care for their families and communities.
Sept 11, of course, marks the 14th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center as well as the 4.5 year anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster in Japan. Both events triggered many responses. While the films on this program are set in Japan, they speak also to life in the aftermath of 9/11 and other environmental disasters around the world: the not knowing whether the area is toxic or unsafe; not being able to get reliable information from the government; not knowing whether to relocate or return; not knowing whether subsequent illness are caused by the disaster or not; not knowing whether to live everyday with constant caution or to adopt a qué será, será attitude and provide children with a sense of normalcy. It is our hope that this program will promote greater understanding of the difficulties that these man-made disasters cause and renewed compassion for and solidarity with the people trying to live through them and prevent them.
ABOUT THE FILMS
Little Kyota Errand Hood, 20′
dir. by Satsuki Okawa | 2014
in Japanese with English subtitles
Three years since Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, a young boy named Kyota befriends a new girl in town, Shiori. Sharing similar eccentricities, the children decide to embark on an adventure together. But neither of them realizes what is at stake.
New York Japan CineFest
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
Heartland Film Festival
Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival
Aichi International Women’s Film Festival
Sapporo Short Fest
Kiryu Film Festival
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.
Golden Honey Comb for Outstanding Work in Film
at the 2014 Lake Champlain International Film Festival (USA)
at the 2014 Uranium Film Festival (Brazil)
Award for Best Documentary
at the 2013 STEPS Rights Film Festival (Ukraine)
Best of Festival Award
at the 2013 Guam International Film Festival
Nippon Visions Award (best film by new-coming Japan-based director)
at the 2013 Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival (Germany)