The Documentary

 

Festivals:
This Human World 2011 (Vienna (Austria))
One World Human Rights Film Festival 2012 (Prague (Czech Republic))
One World Brussels 2012,  (Brussels (Belgium))
Japan Filmfest Hamburg 2012 (Germany)
East End Film Festival 2012 (London (UK))
Uranium Film Festival 2012 (Rio de Janeiro (Brazil))
One World Bratislava 2012, (Bratislava (Slovakia))


 Since the catastrophe on March 11, Japan is experiencing socio-political tremors of historical significance. Especially in Tokyo the political interest grows and forms a protest against the government, TEPCO and the Nuclear Safety Agency.

Street protests in Japan are considered a rather rare sight. The present protest culture in Japan seems to be not really well-established, compared to other countries. There is merely one exception: Shirōto no ran (‘Amateur’s Revolt’), a group of creative activists, who fight for more freedom in public space and an inventive Do It Yourself-culture in the alternative area of Kōenji, Tokyo.

The activists involved in Shirōto no ran organized the biggest demonstration in Japan since the 1970s, which took place on April 10th, just one month after the earthquake. This protest gathered more than 15.000 people demonstrating against nuclear power. Furthermore, the mobilization of those anti-nuclear protests brings up a lot more subjects of discussion, for instance the work- and living conditions in the nowadays capitalism and globalization.

The documentary Radioactivists wants to explore the Japanese protest culture under the effects of Fukushima and to illuminate the backgrounds of the current movements, protests and critical voices, which keep getting louder, not only in Japan.

RADIOACTIVISTS – Protest in Japan since Fukushima
Germany/Japan 2011, 72 min.

Directed & Produced by: Julia Leser & Clarissa Seidel
Editor: Clarissa Seidel
Additional Photography: Arseny Rossikhin
Associate Producers: Roger Zehnder, Yoshihiro Akai
Graphic Design: Clemens Berger & René Hänsel
Original Music: Junsuke Kondo, We Want Wine, ECD
Translation: Yasuo Akai

Featuring: Yoshihiko Ikegami, Chigaya Kinoshita, Hajime Matsumoto, Keisuke Narita, Yoshitaka Mori, Human Recovery Project

©2011 Ginger & Blonde Productions