Fukushima 2021
Fukushima 2021

Fukushima 2021

March 11, 2021. Ten Years Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Rio de Janeiro International Uranium Film Festival Free Online Screening and Debate.

The first International Uranium Film Festival event 2021 is scheduled for Thursday, March 11, to remember the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster. A free seven day online screening in cooperation with the Cinematheque of Rio de Janeiro’s Modern Art Museum (MAM Rio). We will show two awarded documentary movies about the Fukushima nuclear accident: a poetic short film by photographer Alessandro Tesei and a feature documentary by science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. The films can be watched online from March 11 to March 18. Link: 

https://vimeo.com/channels/cinematecadomam

After the screening the audience can chat with Fukushima expert, Professor Dr. Alphonse Kelecom from the Laboratory of Radiobiology and Radiometry of the Institute of Biology at Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro. Since March 2011, Kelecom visited several times Fukushima. Of course non portuguese speakers are also invited. Prof. Alphonse Kelecom speaks Portuguese, English and French as well. Moderator is Márcia Gomes de Oliveira, director of the International Uranium Film Festival who visited Fukushima in 2015 by invitation of Peace Boat Foundation. Live screening: https://youtu.be/rA6aRnHjP3I

The films are now online for free here! https://vimeo.com/522316316 and https://vimeo.com/522311583

Fukushima No Daimyo, Italy, 2014, Director: Alessandro Tesei, documentary, 20 min, Japanese with subtitles in Portuguese or English

Almost two years after the accident in Fukushima, Masami Yoshizawa, a cattle farmer who refused to leave the forbidden zone, explains what has become his mission in the life he has left. His land is contaminated forever. However, he remains on his farm and works to make the tragic consequences of radioactive exposure known around the world. His speech is the centre of this poetic short film, made during the second trip by Italian filmmaker Alessandro Tesei to Japan, with photographer Pierpaolo Mittica and researcher Michele Marcolin. They wanted to understand the changes that were taking place in the forbidden zone. Trailer and more: http://www.alessandrotesei.com/portfolio/fukushima/

Awards:

  • BEST SHORT MOVIE, Bonsai Film Festival 2014 (Italy)
  • JURY AWARD, Capodarco Film Festival 2014 (Italy)
  • BEST SHORT MOVIE, Life after Oil Film Festival 2014 (Italy)
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY, Fluvione Film Festival 2014 (Italy)
  • II PLACE, Cielocorto FF 2014 (Italy)
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY JAPAN, PiGrecoZen FF 2015 (Italy)
  • SPECIAL MENTION - International Uranium Film Festival 2015 (Brazil)
  • BEST ITALIAN DOCUMENTARY, GeoFilmFestival 2016 (Italy)

About Director Alessandro Tesei: Graduated in visual and multimedia arts from the Macerata Academy of Fine Arts, with a thesis on the social importance of documentary. Inspired by masters like Herzog, Pasolini, Ciprì and Maresco, he decided to follow the path of investigative documentary. After a few years of experimenting with various artistic disciplines, such as sculpture, performance, theater, he started to dedicate himself essentially to photography and video. In 2011, after the Fukushima accident, Tesei began to investigate and to tell the story of people who live in radioactive contaminated areas. From that experience, the first feature film "Fukushame - Lost Japan" was born. In 2012, he returns to Fukushima Prefecture to document the reopening of part of the evacuated area and to interview one of the people who symbolised the disaster, the farmer Masami Yoshizawa. He is the protagonist of his short film "Fukushima no Daimyo". Photo: Alessandro Tesei at the Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro, 2016

RANGA YOGESHWAR IN FUKUSHIMA - JAPANS KAMPF GEGEN DIE RADIOAKTIVITÄT (RANGA YOGESHWAR IN FUKUSHIMA. JAPAN’S FIGHT AGAINST RADIOACTIVITY) - Germany, 2014, Directors: Reinhart  Brüning, Ranga Yogeshwar, Thomas Hallet, Wolfgang Lemme, Production WDR, Documentary,  43 min. English with Portuguese subtiitles and German.

Famous science TV-journalist Ranga Yogeshwar has gained extensive access to Japan's battered Fukushima power plant. The spectacular report gives an oppressive and impressive insight into the current situation on site at the Fukushima reactor. The report also shows the everyday life of the people who are still living in the exclusion zone. Ranga Yogeshwar respects the efforts of the Japanese to contain the nuclear disaster. Fukushima and the entire Japanese society will never be what they were before the accident. Award: Special Recognition of the International Uranium Film Festival 2015

About Director Ranga Yogeshwar

Ranga Yogeshwar is a presenter and co-producer of a science program in German TV.  He grew up in India (Bangalore) and Luxembourg, studied at the RWTH Aachen in Aachen, Germany, graduating with a Diplom degree in experimental physics, worked at the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research (SIN), at CERN, both in Switzerland and at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany. He started his journalistic career in 1983, becoming one of Germany's leading scientific TV journalists. He was editor of the German public TV WDR and headed the science department. Untill today Ranga received more than 60 awards, such as the honorary doctorate from the University of Wuppertal, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

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