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AU-DELA DU NUAGE °Yonaoshi 3.11



France, 2013, HDV NTSC - Color - 94min

DIRECTED BY:
KEIKO COURDY

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Tomonari OCHIAI

EDITING:
Masaru Muramoto

MUSIC:
Akitsugu MAEBAYASHI

SOUND:
Osamu TAKIZAWA

PRODUCER:
Keiko Courdy

PRODUCTION:
KI / Keiko Courdy

STORY DESCRIPTION:

An independant documentary film on Japan after Fukushima. Fukushima is a parallel world. From the outside, everything seems normal. Away from the forbidden zone, life goes on exactly as before. The danger now is invisible. Some say that all is fine, all is under control. But today, nothing is resolved. Overwhelmed by the events of 11 March 2011, the French director Keiko Courdy left immediately for Japan. She spent more than a year and a half talking to people in Fukushima. In order to try to understand, she also interviewed many public figures active in Japanese society since the triple disaster: artists, architects, writers, investigative journalists, no nuke activists the erstwhile prime minister at the time of the accident… Their compelling testimonies highlight the contradictions and movements in a society that is recovering from massive trauma. We all have much to learn from what is happening. Many people dream of a « Yonaoshi », a « renewal », but is it possible? Can we change our behavior? Contrary to appearances and the impotence felt by many, the change is profound. Throughout Japan, individual people are taking a stance against the prevailing inertia.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Keiko Courdy is a French filmmaker and media performance director, who has spent much of her life in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese. She has a doctorate from the University of Tokyo and has taught multimedia performance at the University of Art and Design in Kyoto. When the earthquake struck, she was working in France on HALO Station, an autonomous energy interactive installation. Profoundly moved by the events of 11 March, she left immediately for Japan, where she launched the production of the webdocumentary and film Beyond the Cloud °Yonaoshi 3.11. She is now preparing a new film on Fukushima power plant and its workers.

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