Driven out of a Nuclear Town - A Documentary about the Refugees from Futaba


Horikiri Satomi


Futaba town, where located a home territory of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and all the households in the town were called for an evacuation after the accident on March 11th 2011. The town moved temporarily by its municipal government headquarter to Saitama Prefecture next month, and the townspeople were forced to live as refugees at the base of an abolished high school. First evacuees of nuclear disaster in Japan. They were provided a place to sleep and food, however, there is no "life". Though the movement of "anti-nuclear power" in Tokyo, Futaba's people who lived with the nuclear power plants had mixed feelings. The mayor of Futaba town decided to evacuate town-people to Saitama Prefecture, to prevent so many people from being exposed to radiation. But some town-people began to cry several voices, that "we should return the administrative office to Fukushima" .
This is a documentary about people of Futaba town for one year, who live looking ahead to the future, that got the feeling of the loss of their hometown and faced division of their town.
Title in English Driven out of a Nuclear Town - A Documentary about the Refugees from Futaba
Title in Original Language 原発の町を追われて~避難民・双葉町の記録
Director(s) Horikiri Satomi
Director's Bio/Filmography Working as a school catering cook of elementary schools in Saitama Prefecture, Horikiri studied video production and editing at a public media lecture "MediR" in 2008. Her first work is "Kami no mau shima"(2009), a twenty-minute documentary featuring people of Iwaishima Island against the Kaminoseki Nuclear Power Plant.
Year of Completion 2012
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 56 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 4:3
Color Color
Screening Format DVCAMDVD
Shooting Locations Kazo City (Saitama)
Shooting Dates/Periods May 2011 - March 2012
Names of Characters Idogawa Katsutaka, Unuma Tomoe
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles Japanese,
Date of First Public Screening 2012/7/21
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Japan
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2012/7/21
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events [2012]
Labor Film Festival 2012
Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival (South Korea), Hong Kong Social Movement Film Festival, Film Festival of Following the Voices of Atomic Bomb Survivors, Ekoda Film Festival
Staff Credits Photography: Horikiri Satomi, Nishinaka Seiichiro, Iguchi Midori
Editing: Horikiri Satomi
Sound: Horikiri Satomi
Narration: Horikiri Satomi
Producer Horikiri Satomi
Distributor / Distribution Company Horikiri Satomi
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None