L'ÎLE INVISIBLE *Fukushima 見えない島
A documentary film, in search of the spirit of the zone, a story of nature, failed technology and people.
L'ÎLE INVISIBLE *Fukushima 見えない島
THE INVISIBLE ISLAND *FUKUSHIMA
A documentary film by Keiko Courdy
Length : 90 min, HD, Color
PIKA PIKA FILMS production
Waves crash eternally on the shore of Fukushima Daiichi power plant. A fisherman is watching the horizon from his boat. He catches fish to be tested later for radiation. Fukushima red zone, early morning traffic jam. Thousands of men are coming from the entire country to work on the contaminated site. We follow workers in their daily life. They talk. Since 2011, accidents happen one after the other at 1F power plant. The work is infinite. The clean up just started. The challenge has never been seen before : core meltdowns in three reactors, contaminated water flowing into the sea, accumulating in ever-growing storage tanks. For the government, all is under control. The landscape in the region is characterized by giant fields of bags of radioactive soil. People are actively pushed to go back to their homes. Minako decided to quit the region after her evacuation, changing her lifestyle and following the Yamabushi, mountain ascetics, to live close to nature. There is no life without risk but what risk are we ready to take? How are we ready to change our lifestyle? In Japan, everyone wishes to forget and go forward, but the traces can not be erased easily.
I started working on this film after the release of my first documentary on Fukushima, BEYOND THE CLOUD 霧の向こう *Yonaoshi 3.11.
I have been filming every year since then, observing the tremendous change in the zone, and creating personal links with local people, following the workers of the power plant. The film needs now 10 more days of shooting to be finished.
The vision that I wish to present in this film articulates itself around personal stories, usually erased behind the official story or the media's, always looking for the spectacular.
Some of the workers have accepted to talk and tell their personal story, because "the media often lie", and because they feel proud to help save their country or their region, even though some feel betrayed : "I was told nuclear power is safe. Nothing could ever happen".
Filming year after year in the region, my look on the film and the way to talk about the situation has changed. I would like to bring forward a long term vision, confronting nature, technology and people, listening to the workers and inhabitants but also to the voice of nature, and the wisdom of Mountains ascetics facing the destruction of the region.
This film is also the story of a civilization facing its own technological choices, a civilization that cannot master the monster it has created, a new Godzilla.
Allocation of funds
THE INVISIBLE ISLAND is an independant work following the situation over the years in a nuclear world which is usually closed and secret.
We are now reaching the last step. This crowdfunding campaign will support the last 10 days of shooting in Fukushima this spring to finish the film.
The money will be used by Keiko Courdy to cover the fees for transportation (train, car rental, gazoline, parking, highway), food, accomodation, cameraman, authorizations...
Post-production will start after the summer in France. We hope to release the film next spring in 2018.
The avant-premiere will be hosted at the Maison de la Culture du Japon in Paris (パリ日本文化会館)
Any participation is welcome.
Thank you again for your support over the years.
To participate is easy, you need to register on Kiss Kiss Bank, with a name and password, then choose the amount, enter the card number and click.
We will be most happy if the campaign could gather more than 5000 euros to help fund this independant film with important costs, so do not hesitate. 8% of the total will go to Kiss Kiss Bank Bank and taxes.