ONE WORLD 2012: Radioactivists - Protest in Japan since Fukushima
Date: 21 May 2012 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Venue: GOETHE INSTITUT, Rue Belliard 58, 1040 Bruxelles
Film by Julia Leser, Clarissa Seidel / Germany / 2011 / 72 min.
What sort of serious event would shake Japan’s traditionally orderly society from its lethargy? That’s the central question in the documentary Radioactivists - Protest in Japan since Fukushima by German directors Julia Leser and Clarissa Seidel. Set against the backdrop of anti-nuclear protests precipitated by the catastrophe at the Fukushima power plant, attended by tens of thousands in Tokyo in the first half of 2011, this film uncovers the social and cultural changes currently taking place in Japanese society. The name of the movie encapsulates two themes energising the land of the rising sun: radioactivity, which is linked to the tragedy in Fukushima, and the active expression of disagreement with the organisation, values, and evolution of contemporary Japanese society. At the same time, the film takes an interesting look at a world of burgeoning alternative subcultures, whose exponents are not content with the consumer values of the majority. And, as the film demonstrates, their voices are getting stronger and stronger in Japan today.
This screening is part of the One World in Brussels 2012 film festival.