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Thursday, March 05, 2015, 19:00 - 21:30

A wide-ranging documentary of the nuclear age, from WWII onward.
Sneak Preview Screening: "Journey Without End" (Watashi no Owaranai Tabi)
followed by a Q&A session with director Masako Sakata (Q&A in English)

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm Journey Without End 50p

In French, Russian, English, Japanese with English subtitles
Japan 2014 90 minutes  

Produced and directed by Masako Sakata
Produced by Tetsujiro Yamagami
Edited by Yuji OshigeFilm courtesy of Siglo, Ltd.                    

“We claim to have harnessed the power of the atom, but perhaps it is humankind that is under its control.”

So says documentary filmmaker Masako Sakata in her new film “Journey Without End,” a wide-ranging look at the nuclear age, from WWII onward. Resolutely personal yet reflecting the universal, the film begins shortly after the Fukushima disaster, when Sakata is reminded of her mother’s anti-nuclear activism in the 1970s. A compilation of her mother’s newsletters, “Please Listen,” inspires Sakata to set off on a quest to find answers: Why is nuclear energy still sold as a “peaceful” use of atoms, when it is essentially the same as nuclear weapons? Why have the misguided nuclear policies of so many governments persisted, especially after Chernobyl and Fukushima?

Beginning with a visit to her sister on Guernsey, Channel Isles - where a spent fuel reprocessing plant in nearby Cap de la Hague, France, has been leaking into the sea, with radioactive waste detected as far away as Denmark and Norway - Sakata journeys to Bikini Atoll, the Marshall Islands, Kazakhstan and sites around Japan, where she finds the “scars” of the nuclear age still deeply engraved in both the landscapes and the displaced populations. She speaks to victims as well as experts, all of whom have eye-opening stories to share.

Along the way, she traces backward through our fraught history with nuclear weaponry/power, deploying archival footage to chilling effect, and reminding us that it was US Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s epochal Atoms for Peace speech that started it all.

Nearly 20 years ago, Sakata’s mother appeared at roundtable discussion on nuclear policy organized by the Japanese government, held after the revelation of the sodium coolant leak at the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor. “When nuclear power was first introduced, the future looked bright,” said Shizuko Sataka, “but now we see the negative side clearly. Nuclear power has been a national policy, but circumstances have changed. National policy can be misguided, as we learned during the war.”

Please join us for this sneak preview screening “Journey Without End” debuts at Pole-Pole Higashi Nakano on March 7.

For more on the film: (in Japanese)
Mom's anti-nuclear stance inspires film | The Japan Times

MASAKO SAKATA became a documentary filmmaker upon the death of her husband, photojournalist Greg Davis (a longtime FCCJ member), from the affects of Agent Orange. Her film “Agent Orange: A Personal Requiem” (2007) won the Mainichi documentary film award, the Paris International Environmental Film Festival special prize, and the Earth Vision special jury award, among others. Sakata produced a sequel for NHK, “Journey to a Father’s Battlefield, Vietnam,” which was awarded the Galaxy Prize. She also released a theatrical version, “Living the Silent Spring” (2011) which depicts the struggles and courage of American and Vietnamese children who bear the imprint of Agent Orange.

Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or register below. You may attend the Q&A session without attending the screening, but you will not have seating priority. Please reserve in advance, still & TV cameras inclusive. All movie screenings are private, noncommercial events primarily for FCCJ members and their guests.

-Karen Severns, Movie Committee


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