FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
March 12, Tuesday 7pm
Disaster and Self-Reform
FILM SCREENING REGRET (dir.Tetsuhei Ikumaki).
Discussion with Yasuyo Tanaka and Skype-in with Ryoko Hashizume.
Dir. Tetsuhei Ikumaki
Having the nuclear incident, Namie Town Fire Brigade could not help but to draw back while they knew there were lives to rescue The movie "Regret" was created to convey what actually happened and how they felt. 20 victims got together, acted as voice actors, and made the theme song. This is a handmade independent movie, however, the feelings we have put in is as great as professional movies. Addition to that, various regret stories we encountered while making 40 picture-stories of the earthquake experiences are introduced on the last scene as a short story. Stories of town, which had nuclear incident, not natural disaster, you can see unknown Great East Japan Earthquake there.
Yasuyo Tanaka is an interdisciplinary artist who engaged social practice and education living NYC. Her perspective changed when she got involved in the life of two countries. The historical background of the United States and Japan has influenced her work. Since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, nuclear issues became an important theme in my work, partly because my family was directly affected by the disaster. Her hometown Yaita city and Shioya town became the candidates as sites for disposal of nuclear waste. She’s been researching nuclear issues, conveying information through her artwork.
Ryoko Hashizume is a founder and representative of the grass-roots group “Montréal KIZUNA,” a mother of two, and a student at Dawson College. Born and raised in Iwaki, Fukushima, she spent one and a half years as a backpacker, prior to settling in Montreal in 2001. Montréal KIZUNA (formerly Kizuna Japon, founded in 2011) raises awareness of injustices resulting from TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power accidents. It also raises funds to support trusted non-profit organizations in different ways in Japan and abroad, developing cooperative relationships, while remaining active in the local community. Information is shared though Facebook, a Japanese Newsletter, screenings, casual gatherings, and a Kizuna Mini library. http://kizunajapon.web.fc2.com/index-en.html