Toshi Fujiwara • 2012 • Japan-France
Toshi Fujiwara's documentary captures the haunting atmosphere of post-disaster Fukushima.
On March 11, 2011, a tsunami struck the coast of Fukushima causing the meltdown of a nearby power plant. Within 24 hours the population within a 20-km radius was ordered to evacuate. Shortly thereafter Toshi Fujiwara entered the so-called "No Man's Zone," interviewing those who either could not or did not want to leave. Haunted by imperceptible traces of radiation, the landscape of Fukushima has been transformed into an atmosphere of silence and disintegration, a land of cherry blossoms and ghosts in white protective clothing.
A bold political and ecological testimony, No Man's Zone premiered at Berlin, IDFA and Tokyo FilmEX, where it won a Special Mention.