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Supported Program < Housen Cultural Foundation: Support for film study and production >

Future of the Past


Director: IWASAKI Takamasa (岩崎孝正)

2019|Japan|45min|Language: Japanese|Subtitles: English

Date Time Venue Guest
3/13 (Wed) 12:10 The National Museum of Art

*admission free

Future of the Past
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Mitsuhiro KANEKO (金子満博)
ShigeruAMANO (天野茂)
Takashi ODA (小田隆)
Toyohiro KANDA (神田豊広)
Kana SHIMIZU (清水加奈)

The nuclear accident at Fukushima was pointed out as "pollution" by environmental historians and despite nearly a decade having passed since the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami disaster, the after-effects are still being felt by people from the region. As people grasp at possible ways to recover and move forward, IWASAKI Takamasa, the director of this film, uses the documentary format to look at the past to find ways to the future.

IWASAKI, who was born in Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture, embarked on a journey to other areas affected by pollution in Japan from the post-war industrialisation period. Communities in places like Minamata City in Kumamoto, Yokkaichi City in Mie, Agano City in Niigata and Toyama City in Toyama Prefecture have all battled back through new ways of thinking about food and farming over the decades. With this in mind, IWASAKI keeps his focus on today and yet finds hope for tomorrow in travelling to these areas and talking to farmers, fishermen and others.