category Kazuo Hara and Sachiko Kobayashi - A Retrospective




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ニッポン国 vs 泉南石綿村

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20 March, 20:00, ARCUB

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizorului Kazuo Hara și a producătoarei Sachiko Kobayashi


For eight years has Kazuo Hara followed the legal battle between the Japanese government and tens of former workers in the asbestos mines of the small town of Sennan. They are survivors of specific diseases – asbestosis, lung cancer – that plagued the asbestos mines workers who had no idea the kinds of dangers they were being exposed to. Through an unpolished style – like life itself – the documentary first draws individual portraits of all these aged people who have to suffer unbearable pain. Within this descriptive, apparently classical structure, Hara inserts flashes of the protagonists in agony or with their face while lying dead. Although the documentary follows the case of this particular group of individuals who search for justice in the world, it also explores themes such as the sufferings caused by illness and death. 

awards and festivals

European Premiere 

2017: Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival - Citizens' Prize
2017: Busan IFF - Mecenat Award
2017: Tokyo FILMex IFF - Audience Award


Shisso Production