"Screening of The People of Rokkasho and Summer Homework Left Undone (Living Next Door to Nuclear Reprocessing Facility):
Welcoming Ms. KURAOKA Akiko, a Producer"
Place: #301 the 1st Basement of Jukokan Building , Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University
■Date & Venue:
Date: July 16, 2011, from 12:30 to 19:00 (Doors Open at 12:00)
Venue: #301 the 1st basement of Jukokan Building, Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University
12：00 - 12：30 Doors Open (#301 the 1st basement of Jukokan Building)
12：30 - 12：40 Opening Remarks / Explanation of the Event's Purpose
12：40 - 15：35 Screening of The People of Rokkasho
15：35 - 15：50 Break
15：50 - 18：00 Screening of Summer Homework Left Undone
18：00 - 18：10 Break
18：10 - 18：40 Lecture by Ms. KURAOKA
18：40 - 18：55 Qs and As
18：55 - 19：00 Closing Remarks
＊This program is tentative and might be changed.
＊This program is free of charge.
Global COE program Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University
Research Center for Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University
Study Group on Nuclear Power in Ars Vivendi (Project led by graduate students at Ars Vivendi)
Study Group on Nuclear Power “kNOw NUKES!” (This group mainly comprises of the 4th Year (senior) students at Colleges of Social Sciences and International Relations)
Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University
Screening of the documentary films of The People of Rokkasho (Rokkasho ningenki in Japanese) and Summer Homework Left Undone (Living Next Door to Nuclear Reprocessing Facility) (Natsuyasumi no shukudai wa owaranai in Japanese), and lecture by the filmmaker, Ms. KURAOKA Akiko.
Since 1950s, nuclear power generation has gathered much attention as a way of generating electricity, which has been indispensable for our daily lives. However, accidents caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, have reminded us the risk of accidents caused by nuclear-related facilities worldwide. Although there are records concerning how nuclear-related facilities were constructed in terms of history and how they have effected individuals’lives, they do not show people’s sufferings and conflicts at the development period of those facilities. Thus, these records are not enough to say that such plans were thoroughly recognized and examined. Furthermore, arguments concerning nuclear-related facilities tend to focus only on nuclear plants, while nuclear fuel reprocessing plants or final disposal sites of nuclear waste catch less attention. This fact makes us focus on documentary films consisting of interviews to residents nearby a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, which was already constructed and preparing for operation, in Rokkasho village, Aomori Prefecture in Japan, and related facilities in the UK or France, known as advanced countries of nuclear fuel reprocessing. The People of Rokkasho shows affluence of the residents' daily lives which would be finally damaged after the time of encountering the plan of nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho village, Aomori prefecture where they have been significantly influenced by the development plan of Mutsuogawara area under the new nation-wide comprehensive development plan in 1969, through dialogues with a filmmaker and an interviewer, Ms. KURAOKA Akiko. Summer Homework Left Undone (Living Next Door to Nuclear Reprocessing Facility) consists of emotional testimonies of local residents who have suffered from health problems due to contaminations caused by nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in Sellafield, the UK and la Hague, France. By showing these documentary films and having a lecture of the filmmaker at the same time, we would like to reaffirm the historical background of nuclear power development. In addition, our main purpose of this project is to reexamine the presence of nuclear power by letting people know the resident’s sufferings caused by nuclear power development. This project has a significance as “accumulation and thinking” of various ways of the art of living, which is one theme of our Global COE program Ars Vivendi. We also would like to share the purpose of this study group with other people through efforts to launch a public relations activities both inside and outside of Ritsumeikan University, and making this program open one.
■Introduction of the Films
・The People of Rokkasho
This documentary film shows the residents'ever-lasting life form, attachment to the community and changes in attitudes of villagers who have lived in Rokkasho village, Aomori prefecture through interviewing them over three years. Rokkasho village was significantly influenced by the development plan of Mutsuogawara area under the new nation-wide comprehensive development plan in 1969, where nuclear fuel reprocessing plant was constructed in the end. This film won a special award in the 35th Mannheim International Film Festival(1986). Other submissions include, the 42nd Edinburgh International Film Festival(1988), the 10th Hong Kong International Film Festival(1986) and the 8th International Film Festival of Visual Anthropology and Social Documentation (George Pompidou Center, Cinema du Reel, 1986). Production / Direction / Interview: KURAOKA Akiko, Direction / Editing / Site Recording: YAMAMURA Nobuki, Filming: ODA Hiroshi. 1985 / monochrome / 16mm / 171 min.
・Summer Homework Left Undone (Living Next Door to Nuclear Reprocessing Facility)
In Sellafield, the UK and la Hague, France where nuclear fuel reprocessing plants exist, residents were threatened by nuclear power and actually influenced by radiation. This work records interviews to residents living in each area over one month. Production / Interview / Translation: KURAOKA Akiko, Direction / Filming / Editing: YAMAMURA Nobuki. 1989 / color / 16mm color kineco / 130 min. Although any films taken by video camera were not allowed to present at the film festivals at that time, this film attracted much attention as documentary works. It was recommended by Japan Film Club.
■Introduction of Ms. KURAOKA Akiko
From the pamphlet of Summer Homework Left Undone (Living Next Door to Nuclear Reprocessing Facility)
She was born in Aomori-city in 1947 and graduated from Departments of Philosophy and French Literature, at Sophia University. After working for Economic Department of the French Embassy, she started introducing domestic and international films and launched film shows and other various cultural projects at Athénée Français Cultural Center. Furthermore, Ms. KURAOKA ran “seminars on technologies and aesthetics of films” and produced a long documentary film, Live in Tokyochrome (Tokyo Kuromu Sabaku in 1978). Since her retiring from the center at the end of 1978, she has served as a French interpreter on freelance basis. After producing the film, Summer Homework Left Undone (Living Next Door to Nuclear Reprocessing Facility), she reentered Sophia University and completed her Ph.D.course in French literature. During that period, she received DEA (preliminary course for Ph.D) in the 4th University of Paris in France. Currently she teaches Japanese to French, and vice versa. She is also studying Arabic.
◇Nuclear Power / Nuclear Power Stations
◇The Great East Japan Earthquake