HALF-LIFE IN FUKUSHIMA

A film by Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi
2016, 60 minutes
No. 045
Documentary


HALF-LIFE IN FUKUSHIMA

$375.00
Description
In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese farmer ekes out a solitary existence within the radiation red zone. As Naoto wanders through the empty streets of his hometown, he confronts the remnants of a lost society.

Shooting on lustrous film stock, Half-Life in Fukushima reveals the surreal scope and devastation of the nuclear tragedy, and the stubborn signs of life among the ruins: a touching encounter with an ostrich; a round of golf at an abandoned driving range; and a breathtaking eruption of music and emotion on the stage of a karaoke bar.

As Naoto struggles to build a new life within this post-apocalyptic landscape, the documentary offers a stunning vision of a place that resembles nothing less than the set of a science fiction film about a present informed by the decisions of a bygone age.

Festivals
* Official Selection, HotDocs Film Festival
* Official Selection, Visions du Reel