In March 2011, one of the catastrophic events related to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, was the nuclear meltdown and release of radioactive material from the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. As a result, almost 500,000 people were ordered to leave their homes. This movie offers its viewers a look into the daily lives, thoughts and experiences of those who stayed behind and continue to live on toxic land.
Source: Still from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joqXbS53284 (still from youtube trailer)
In this ethnographic film series, we explore different aspects of what it means to be human. Moving beyond just a focus on the human species, we look closer at our interactions with others and our surrounding environment, revealing how we shape and are shaped by non-human, materialities, histories and conditions around us.
This week's theme: The Places We Live
Film Title: Abandoned Land (Belgium, 2016). 73 min.
Directors: Gilles Laurent
Five years after the Fukushima nuclear power plant catastrophe, there are still a few individuals living in the evacuated areas. This documentary lets us meet some of the people whose lives, though marked by danger, risk and the continuous work of decontamination, still demonstrates a peaceful and quiet existence on their beloved land. From an elderly couple who eats vegetables from their own garden, seemingly unconcerned with levels of radiation, to the famous “last man of Fukushima” who stayed behind to feed the abandoned animals, their life stories remind us that sometimes a piece of land is our strongest connection in this world.
Filmene blir vist i HumSam-biblioteket i Georg Sverdrups hus (Universitetsbiblioteket). Det vil bli skiltet godt utenfor og i biblioteket hver gang.