Half-Life in Fukushima

By Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi, 
Feature length documentary, 61 min, SS16. 2016

Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese farmer ekes out a solitary existence within the radiation red zone.
Here, the blowing wind is the soundtrack to Naoto’s lonely days, spent cultivating his land and feeding his cattle. Naoto fights to build a new life in this post-apocalyptic landscape, fearlessly facing the silent danger of radioactivity.
He is a guardian of the past and the symbol of humanity’s need for a change.

directors : Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi
director of photography : Jakob Stark
editing : Marzia Mete, Francesca Scalisi
sound : Graciela Barrault
and Sylvain Girardeau

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Best documentary at Silk Road Film Festival 2017, Ireland
Best documentary at Broadway International Film Festival 2017, USA


Visions du Réel 2016, Switzerland
Hot Docs Int. Documentary Film Festival 2016, Canada
Environmental Film Festival Cinemambiente 2016, Italy
Doc Buenos Aires 2016, Argentina
FIDOCS Festival Int. Documentales Santiago de Chile 2016, Chile
This Human World Int. Film Festival Wien 2016, Austria
Solothurner Filmmtage 2017, Switzerland
Filmer le travail Poitiers 2017, France
Green Image Film Festival 2017, Japan
Tartu World Film Festival 2017, Estonia
Silk Road Film Festival 2017, Ireland
Movie that matters Film Festival 2017, Holland
San Francisco Film Festival 2017, USA
Docudays International Human Rights Film Festival 2017, Ukraine
Cayman Film Festival 2017
Transilvania Film Festival 2017, Roumania
Seoul Human Rights Film Festival 2017, Corea