[Forum Regensburg]: Eiji Oguma: Tell the Prime Minister

01.03.2016 (19:00 - 21:00)

Eiji Oguma

March 1, 2016 the Graduate School presents the Japanese documentary film "Tell the Prime Minister" directed by filmmaker and political scientist Eiji Oguma in Regensburg's cinema "Kino im Leeren Beutel". This film captures the anti-nuclear protests in Tokyo after the Fukushima nuclear incident in March 2011. After the screeing there will be the opportunity to discuss with Professor Oguma.

After "Occupy Wall Street"in New York, and before the "Umbrella Revolution" in Hong Kong, 200 thousand people surrounded the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo for an anti-nuclear demonstration after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. However, this incident was not reported extensively by the media and subsequently went unnoticed by the world. This documentary film captures these protests. Furthermore, it addresses the crisis that democracy faces, and the reconstruction of democracy.

"The people who appear in this film are truly stars in my eyes. They are diverse in gender, generation, class, origin, nationality, and orientation. When they gathered in front of the Prime Minister's Office to protest it was such a rare, powerful, and beautiful moment", Eiji Oguma stated im September 2015.

Oguma ist filmmaker and Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University in Tokyo. His research covers the national identity and nationalism, colonial policy, democracy thoughts and social movements in modern Japan from the view of historical sociology. He has earned 6 prizes for his published works in Japan. He has participated and gained credibility in anti-nuke movement in Tokyo after Fukushima incident. This is his first film work which was completed by cooperation of many activists and voluntary filmers.

 

This event is part of the Graduate School's lecture series "Forum" and is open to the public.

Time: 01.03.2016, 19-21 Uhr, free entrance!

Location: Filmgalerie "Kino im Leeren Beutel", Bertoldstraße 9, 93047 Regensburg

There will be another screeing March 2, 2016 in the "Werkstattkino München".

Co-operation: LMU-Lehrstuhl für Russland-/Asienstudien, Japan-Zentrum der LMU München, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft in Bayern e.V.

Abstract

After "Occupy Wall Street" in New York, and before the "Umbrella Revolution" in Hong Kong, 200 thousand people surrounded the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo for an anti-nuclear demonstration. However, this incident was not reported extensively by the media and subsequently went unnoticed by the world.

This documentary film captures the anti-nuclear protests in Tokyo after the Fukushima nuclear incident in March 2011. The theme of the film is the crisis that democracy faces, and the reconstruction of democracy.

The film is composed of interviews with eight individuals and footage from that time. The eight people who appear include a former Prime Minister, an evacuee from Fukushima, a political activist, a shop clerk, an artist, a hospital worker, and a businessperson, both Japanese and non-Japanese. The film describes how these people from diverse backgrounds converged amidst the crisis.

Video recordings cited in the film show the terrifying experiences of the nuclear disaster, anti-nuclear demonstrations, speeches, and the official meeting between activists and the Prime Minister. The videos were shot by independent citizens and uploaded to the internet. We sought permission to use footage from each person after explaining our intentions. As such, each person voluntarily provided their videos to us.

A groundbreaking film created in a unique and unprecedented manner.

Direction, Production, English Subtitles: Eiji OGUMA
Shooting, Editing: Syunichi ISHIZAKI / Music: Jinta-Ra-Muta / Proof Reading of English Subtitles: Damon Farry
(2015 / Japan / 109 min / Japanese [English Subtitled]) Presented by UPLINK CO. ©2015 Eiji OGUMA

Trailer: http://www.uplink.co.jp/kanteimae/index_en.php

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