Tokyo's Belly

(Der Bauch von Tokyo)
Germany, 2013, 70 min, English subtitles
Producer: Defi-Filmproduktion

World Premiere

A film guide to understanding Japan – before and after the atomic catastrophe of Fukushima.

I lived in Tokyo for two years. Every day, I looked out the window of my high-rise apartment onto an endless sea of buildings. I was living in the world's largest city – together with 36 million people. Since the 11th of March 2011, the perspective has shifted. A film about how Tokyo is serviced and supplied, which is also a study in mentality, must necessarily make reference to a triple disaster.

In July 2012, I went back to visit the same fishmongers, bio-farmers, and sanitation workers in Tokyo and in northeast Japan, and I asked them how things had changed.

They gave impressive accounts of what they'd experienced since the spring of 2012 and talked openly about their fears and concerns, which still haunt them today.

They talked about the spread of false information about Fukushima, about withheld reports of water and sewage contamination, and about manipulated media coverage of demonstrations and other acts of civil disobedience.

Director Reinhild Dettmer-Finke present, Munich 2013

Special Achievement Award