No Man's Zone
無人地帯 (Mujin Chitai)
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Focus on Post 3.11 Cinema
North American Premiere
Introduction and Q&A with director Toshi Fujiwara
Preceded by a screening of We Are All Radioactive
A man wanders through the 20-kilometer exclusion zone around the stricken nuclear reactors at Fukushima. The cherry trees are in bloom and the radiation is invisible, yet a gaping emptiness looms where the tsunami engulfed streets and houses. The man is wearing normal clothing, just like the people still toughing it out there, and he occasionally encounters white "ghosts" in protective clothing. As in Tarkovsky's Stalker, No Man's Zone is both a place and a mental state. A voice accompanies the filmmaker's wanderings, that of Armenian-Canadian actress Arsinée Khanjian, a voice from a place of exile, unfamiliar and sympathetic. No Man's Zone is a complex reflection on the relationship between image and fear, on being addicted to the apocalypse, on the ravaged relationship between man and nature.
Japan. 2012. 103 min., HD Cam, documentary in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Toshi Fujiwara. With Arsinee Khanjian.
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2012
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