Host: Barbara Ambros, University of North Carolina
Levi McLaughlin, North Carolina State University
Christopher Ives, Stonehill College
Mayu Nakamura, Independent Filmmaker, Tokyo, Japan
About the Film:
Nakamura Mayu’s Alone in Fukushima documents a year in the life of fifty-five-year-old Matsumura Naoto, a resident of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. After the triple disaster of March 11, 2011—a massive earthquake followed by a tsunami and a nuclear meltdown, Matsumura has remained behind in his deserted hometown of Tomioka City next to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor. There, Matsumura looks after animals that were abandoned in the wake of the disaster. While Matsumura has received considerable media attention in Europe and America, where he has become a messianic icon of animal rights and the anti-nuclear movement, the Japanese media have virtually ignored him. Nakamura’s documentary portrays Matsumura as a complex character who is resisting the erasure of his hometown while struggling for survival alongside the non-human inhabitants of the evacuation zone. Alone in Fukushima raises important ethical questions about interspecies becoming and the vulnerability of life in the Anthropocene.
This screening is a part of American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting 2017. Those who are affiliated with the Reischauer Institute will be able to attend the event regardless of whether they are not AAR members or registered for the conference.
AAR Boston Films Focus on Sustainability co-sponsored by Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies