Toshi Fujiwara - Director
No Man’s Zone
Directed by Toshi Fujiwara, 2011 (Run time: 103 minutes)
In No Man’s Zone, a man wanders through the 20-kilometer exclusion zone around the stricken nuclear reactors at Fukushima. The cherry trees are in bloom and the radiation is invisible, yet a gaping emptiness looms where the tsunami engulfed streets and houses. The man is wearing normal clothing, just like the people still toughing it out there, and he occasionally encounters white “ghosts” in protective clothing. As in Tarkovsky’s Stalker, No Man’s Zone is both a place and a mental state. A voice accompanies the filmmaker’s wanderings, that of Armenian-Canadian actress Arsinée Khanjian, a voice from a place of exile, unfamiliar and sympathetic. No Man’s Zone is a complex reflection on the relationship between image and fear, on being addicted to the apocalypse, on the ravaged relationship between man and nature.
Director Fujiwara will be joining us for a Skype Q&A session following the screening.
Following Fukushima: Three Works Documenting Disaster and Its Aftermath
The world was stunned by images of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in the Tohoku region of Japan on March 11, 2011. But news cameras rarely ventured into the forbidden zones or relayed the lives of the countless people affected by the disasters. This series of three acclaimed documentaries present disaster from a different angle, questioning the images we have of life following Fukushima.