311: Mediating the Disaster in Japan

311: Mediating the Disaster in Japan

Mori Tatsuya

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Auditorium (Room 101), Henry R. Luce Hall See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 6511

Special Documentary Screening and Panel

Directed by Mori Tatsuya, Watai Takeharu, Matsubayashi Yojū, and Yasuoka Takaharu (2011, Japan, HD, 94min.)

311 is one of the first documentaries completed about the March 2011 disaster in Japan and focuses not just on the destruction and human toll, but also, in a self-reflexive fashion, on the fundamental problems of media attempting to report on such suffering. This will be a North American premiere screening.

The award-winning Japanese documentary filmmaker and journalist, Mori Tatsuya, was scheduled to present 311 in person at Yale but has had to cancel his trip. We are planning to have him participate in a discussion of the film using Skype. Joining the discussion will be Aaron Gerow (Yale Film Studies; East Asian Language and Literatures), Charles Musser (Yale Film Studies) and Jeff Bayliss (History, Trinity College).

Mori Tatsuya is a documentary filmmaker and writer. Born in 1956 in Hiroshima, he began working in journalism and came to prominence with his controversial feature length documentary on the Aum Shinrikyo cult entitled A (1998). The sequel, A2, won the Special Prize and Citizens Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 2001. He has also published over 20 books critically exploring issues in journalism, the media, and documentary filmmaking.

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