A film by Kazuo Hara
2020, 372 minutes
No. 397

Filmed over 15 years, this epic three-part documentary by Kazuo Hara (The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On) chronicles the history of struggle for a community in southern Japan suffering from “Minamata disease”—a debilitating neurological disease caused by methylmercury poisoning from the consumption of fish contaminated by industrial wastewater—as they continue the decades-long battle for legal recognition and reparations from the government. 

Both a deeply humanizing portrait of resilience and a comprehensive history of one of the worst pollution-related tragedies in human history, MINAMATA Mandala gives voice to the many survivors, care providers, researchers, and supporters tirelessly fighting for visibility.

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    • "Kazuo Hara—considered his generation’s documentary master—displays headstrong patience and allegiance to his subjects, something that has become characteristic of his late-career period of prolific filmmaking."International Film Festival Rotterdam

    "Tremendously inspiring."Ren Scateni, Hyperallergic
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  • nal Film Festival Rotterda"Tremendously inspiring."Ren Scateni, Hyperallergi