Cinema Typhoon

CINEMA TYPHOON @ TKU2013
“Filming ‘Fukushima’: Diverse Memories, Multiple Representations”

This year’s “Cinema Typhoon” will present three films on the theme of people’s memories and filmic representations. Funahashi Atushi’s “Nuclear Nation”, Fujiwara Toshi’s “No Man’s Zone” and Ian Thomas Ash’s “A2″ deal with the ordinary people’s lives and feelings devastated by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station’s accident in March 2011, each of which provokes us to ponder on individual processes in which private memories are transformed into public representations, and representations recreate memories.

Nuclear Nation – The Fukushima Refugees Story (Japan, 2012, 96min)

Date
13th, July (Sat.) 16:30 – 18:10
14th, July (Sun.) 10:50 – 12:30
Venue
B201
Language
Japanese with English substitutes
Director
Atshushi Funahashi

福島第一原子力発電所の事故によって、町ぐるみの避難を余儀なくされた福島県双葉町民たちの日常を克明に描いたドキュメンタリー。人びとの声の奥や表情の襞にまで届くようなカメラの視線が、震災後に故郷を離れて生き続けるという避けられない現実を見る者に突きつけてくる。

No Man’s Zone (France / Japan, 2011,102min)

Date
14th, July (Sun.) 13:00 – 14:50
Venue
B201
Language
Japanese with English substitutes
Director
Toshi Fujiwara

福島原発の事故によって「無人地帯」となった「半径20km圏内」における地震と津波の被害、そして美しい田園地帯の情景を描くカメラ。やがてその視線は飯館村へと向かい、そこにとどまり続ける人びとの生きざまを映し出す。彼ら彼女らの肉声から、被災地に生きることの、突然の出来事によって故郷を追われることの「無念」が迫る。

A2 (Japan, 2013, 71min)

Date
14th, July (Sun.) 15:00 – 16:20
Venue
B201
Language
Japanese with English substitutes
Director
Ian Thomas Ash

「A2」とは甲状腺に嚢胞や小塊ができたという「陽性反応」をしめす医学用語である。福島原発後の政治・官僚・経済・メディア・学会あげての「安全キャンペーン」から18か月後、被曝した子どもたちの甲状腺障害を切り口に、「裏切られた」人びとの怒りと苦悩をカメラは追う。2013年6月フランクフルトにおける日本コネクション・フィルム・フェスティバルでの日本映像賞受賞作品。

Representing Loss: The Ethics and Aesthetics of ‘Fukushima’ Related Documentary Films

Date
7月14日(日) 16:30 – 18:30
Venue
B201
Category
Discussion
Language
English & Japanese

Organizer

Nicola Liscutin (University of Tokyo)

Panelists

Nicola Liscutin (University of Tokyo)
Atshushi Funahashi
Toshi Fujiwara
Ian Thomas Ash

Only a short while after the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear ‘triple disaster’, the first filmmakers ventured to Fukushima and the Tohoku disaster areas to document the devastating effects on people’s lives. Since then, an astonishing array of documentary as well as feature films about the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has been produced, constituting what has poignantly been called an ‘all-but-instant subgenre’ (D. Lim). Why are so many films made about the Fukushima nuclear disaster? What are the motivations of the filmmakers? In which ways might these films participate in the production of a public ‘Fukushima’ memory? How can they stem forgetting, when ‘disaster fatigue’ has already set in? Do these films affect, or seek to influence, anti-nuclear thinking and movements nationally and internationally? The panel discussion, including the directors Funahashi and Fujiwara, aims to address these and other questions pertinent to the production, screening, and reception of films concerned with the social consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The discussion will be complemented with screening a small but fine selection of relevant films.Suggested Film Screenings (all of these available with English subtitles):Nuclear Nation/Futaba kara tōku hanarete (dir. Funahashi Atsushi)No Man’s Zone/Mujin chitai (dir. Fujiwara Toshi)Fukushima: Memories of the Lost Landscape/Sōma Kanka (dir. Matsubayashi Jojyu)Odayaka na nichijō (dir. Uchida Nobuteru)
[Language: English and Japanese]