Düsseldorf 2021
Düsseldorf 2021
Düsseldorf 2021

Düsseldorf 2021

Uranium Film Festival realiza mostra especial dos 10 anos do acidente nuclear em Fukushima, na cidade de Düsseldorf, Alemanha.

Dia 11 de setembro de 2021, de 12:30 a 18:00. No Cinema Bambi Filmstudio Kino, Klosterstrasse 78, 40211 Duesseldorf. A mostra conta com o apoio da Sayonara-Genpatsu Düsseldorf. Curadoria da Professora Makiko Hamaguchi-Klenner

Filmes selecionados:

“Dia do Nascer do Sol Ocidental” de Keith Reimink




"Sobre o significado de tudo" de Claus Biegert









"A ilha invisível" de Keiko Courdy



Uranium Film Festival in Düsseldorf Program, September 11

12.30pm - 1.45pm

DAY OF THE WESTERN SUNRISE  - United States, 2018, Director Keith Reimink, Animation Documentary, 75 min, Japanese with English subtitles -  Cold war in the 1950ies. The US testing nuclear bombs in the Pacific. 23 Japanese fishermen aboard the tuna trawler Daigo Fukuryu Maru (Lucky Dragon No. 5) accidentally encounter the detonation of Castle Bravo, an early hydrogen bomb test conducted by the US. All 23 men became sick from acute radiation poisoning and were quarantined for 15 months upon arrival back to Japan. In the hospital, they endured endless medical tests and scrutiny from Japanese and American doctors. They also watched their esteemed colleague, Aikichi Kuboyama, pass away from exposure. Having all received high doses of radiation, the surviving fishermen were forced to consider their own mortality. In June of 1955, the 22 fishermen were sent home only to discover their problems were far from over. Because of the ignorance surrounding 'hibakusha,' or ‚radiation-affected people,' the fishermen were ostracized from their communities. They lost friends and loved ones, were openly ridiculed, and eventually forced into hiding.

'Day of the Western Sunrise' is an animated Japanese language documentary that follows three survivors from the Lucky Dragon. Now in their 80's, their story is a reminder that the human race has the ability to make decisions for both good and ill, and those decisions can affect generations. Filmmaker Keith Reimink graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and TV Production. His first documentary, the award-winning 'No Horizon Anymore,' chronicled a year he spent living and working at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.  He writes: „It is the belief of the filmmakers that above the ideas of politics, religion, and financial gain, must be the ability to create a peaceful and thriving society. Operation Castle, consisting of six thermonuclear detonations over the course of five months, happened at a time when the focus of the world centered on strength, domination, and fear rather than unity and acceptance. The global impact of these thermonuclear tests is still felt today by the Marshallese who were displaced from their homes on Rongelap and Bikini and are unable to return, and by the Japanese citizens who look to international governments to release still classified documents.“ Trailer: vimeo.com/288756720

2.00 p.m. - 3.40 p.m.

VOM SINN DES GANZEN (About the Meaning of Everything - The Network of Physicist Hans-Peter Dürr)Germany, 2020, Director Claus Biegert, Production Biegertfilm, music by Zoro Babel, Documentary, 103 min, German with Japanese  subtitles - Hans-Peter Dürr, as a physicist he followed the footsteps of the world re-nowned Werner Heisenberg. As a peace activist he was torn between his PhD supervisor Edward Teller and peace Nobel laureate Josef Rotblat, both  of them involved in the Manhattan project during World War II. When it became obvious that Hitler would not built an atomic bomb (Wunderwaffe), Rotblat immediately resigned from Los Alamos, Teller stayed and became the "father of the hydrogen bomb". In the early 1950s, the young and naive Hans-Peter from Stuttgart, Germany, stepped into the bomb euphoria in Berkeley, California. It shaped his life. He became a role model for a scientist with responsibility.

The film offers previously un-known material about encounters of Dürr with Teller and Rotblat. A film with Franz Alt, Angelika Claussen, Daniel Dahm, Sue Dürr, Giselle Full, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Hartmut Grassl, Isabelle Krötsch, Rudolf zur Lippe, John D. Liu, Josef Rotblat, Heinrich Saller, Erhard Seiller, Rupert Sheldrake, Edward Teller, Ulrich Warnke, Andreas Weber, Konstantin Wecker, Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker. Claus Biegert is a journalist, author, film-maker, radio reporter and human rights activist, based in Munich, Germany. He published numerous books on Native Americans and environmental issues. For many years he had his own radio program at the Bavarian Public Radio. In 1979/80 he collaborated with visual artist Rainer Wittenborn and many Cree hunters in the multi-media exhibition “James Bay Project – A River Drowned by Water”, which traveled – under the patronage of the Goethe Institute – the world for almost ten years. Among his films are “The Secret and the Sacred – Two Worlds at Los Alamos”(2001), “Winona LaDuke – Thunderbird Woman”(2003), “Leonard Peltier: I am the Indian Voice”(2013) and “Exit 16 – Onondaga Nation Territory”(2014). Biegert is the initiator of the World Uranium Hearing, 1992 in Salzburg, Austria, and the co-founder of the international Nuclear-Free Future Award, which started in 1998. https://www.biegert-film.de

4.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

“THE INVISIBLE ISLAND (L'Ile Invisible / 見えない島) - France, 2021, Director Keïko Courdy, Producer PIKA PIKA FILMS, Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Support of KissKissBankers, Documentary, 87 min, Japanese with English subtitles - Waves crash eternally on the shore of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Next to a white facility for radioactive waste burning, black bags of contaminated soil pile up while a family looks for traces of their house. The film relates the stories of people who survived the tsunami and were forced to leave their home, people who came back in the darkest times, and people who came to work from far away, decontamination workers of Fukushima Daiichi. In the zone, invisible traumas are everywhere. There is no life without risk but what risk are we ready to take? In Japan, everyone wishes to forget and go forward, but the traces can not be erased that easily. 

The film is the story of resilience, failed technology, and the transformation of a territory. Keïko Courdy went filming in the zone every year since 2011, developing a trust relationship with local people and nuclear workers. She filmed rare testimonies of nuclear workers, revealing the hidden life of this parallel world. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/388306408https://en.pikapikafilms.com

Festival Location
Bambi Filmstudio
Klosterstr. 78 - 40211 Düsseldorf
1 film 7 euros / 2 films 10 euros / 3 films 15 euros.

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