Past Meetup

THINK ACT CHANGE: How the Nuclear Energy Industry Circumvents Democracy


Fukushima, Rokkasho and Message to the Future | 2013
Kei Shimada — director
in Japanese with English subtitles, 105'
Showtimes: Fri, 9/12 at 11 am & 7 pm

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available online here. ( MUST ACTUALLY BUY A TICKET TO HAVE A TICKET.

Together with CRS, LF3.11 (, Mar Creation (, and Todos Somos Japon (, we invite you to the NYC premiere of the documentary "Fukushima, Rokkasho and Message to the Future." This film shows us how the shadowy alliance of the Japanese government and the nuclear power industry have managed to build nuclear installations all over rural Japan to benefit urban Japan and the US military, despite strong opposition from the people living in those communities, and it also shows us the many ways in which the everyday lives of the people in these communities have suffered, sometimes tragically, as a result and how their persevere. The tell their own stories, in their own words, in such a way that their humanity and our complicity in their suffering cannot be marginalized.

Following each screening, we will have a conversation via Skype with the director, Kei Shimada where you can ask questions about how we can overcome the nuclear industry's political power to shut down these disasters in waiting at home and abroad. Light refreshments will be served.

The director Shimada, 53, is an award-winning photographer who started covering nuclear issues when the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine happened. In her fascination, perhaps, she found herself settling in remote Rokkasho village (pop. 11,000) in the northern Aomori Prefecture, where a large nuclear fuel cycle complex stands, the first in Japan that can produce large amounts of weapons-grade plutonium annually, enough to construct up to 2,000 bombs. In 2011, she was getting ready to shoot her first movie featuring Rokkasho, its residents, and how their lives are being affected by the nuclear plant. But, as the Great East Japan Earthquake hit, causing the tsunami that resulted in the nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, she was convinced that she needed to add Fukushima in her documentary, now entitled “Fukushima, Rokkasho and Message to the Future.”

Shimada says of her film, “I hope I can show that we can’t coexist with nuclear power and it is the duty of each of us to make a choice about energy in the future.”

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