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Sennan Asbestos Disaster
Sennan Asbestos Disaster

[Film] July 22, 6:45 PM

Beginning in the 1970s Kazuo Hara (The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On) developed the iconoclastic “action documentary” style breaking ethical norms of nonfiction filmmaking to follow a protagonist collapsing personal boundaries in pursuit of political truths in disability rights, queer self-determination, or wartime atrocity. Ten years in the making, the epic Sennan Asbestos Disaster builds on this method, joining citizens of Sennan, Osaka seeking legal reparations from the government for exposing their working class community to asbestos factories’ deadly toxins. A powerful ensemble piece gaining strength from the warmth of everyday people standing up to the state for their rights, this radical film analyzes collective action and its limits, locating poisonous threats in self-regulating social mores as much as environmental pollution.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2018

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