2016, Thorsten Trimpop, Japan, 90 min.
- Thu, Mar 29th 6:00pm
Thorsten Trimpop's films explore the many ways cultural, political, and ecological histories are borne by individuals in their daily lives. His most recent feature, FURUSATO, exposes the devastating effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown on the surrounding landscape and its inhabitants. Shot over the course of four years, the film follows a media-savvy activist, a horse breeder, a teen-rocker, and a nuclear engineer for the Tokyo Electric Power Company as they struggle to cope with the fallout of the ongoing disaster. The land that had once been a source of profound physical and cultural sustenance for Japan's eastern coast is now tainted with the invisible danger of radiation. Culminating in a traditional horse race, one that has taken place since the eighth century, but now provokes intense anxiety among inhabitants, FURUSATO meditates on the unfathomable sacrifices wrought in the name of progress. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital.
March 29: Filmmaker Thorsten Trimpop is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.