The World after Fukushima

Le monde apres Fukushima

Watanabe Kenichi


This film is a large-scale investigation into the state of our civilisation, filmed in the present, on several continents. It will be composed of questions concerning the disaster, fear of nature, nuclear civilisation, human responsibility, the State, and the growing awareness of the state of industrialised societies. This is a choral film in which we will hear the voices of Fukushima evacuees (farmers, families and engineers) and the thoughts of political theorists, philosophers, writers, scientists, sociologists and historians.
Fukushima, an environmental and human disaster which crystalized all of the anxieties of the planet, is the departure point for this investigation because it symbolises the contradictions of a poorly controlled system.
Title in English The World after Fukushima
Title in Original Language Le monde apres Fukushima
Director(s) Watanabe Kenichi
Director's Bio/Filmography Watanabe was born in Saitama, Japan in 1951. He started his career as assistant director for Iwanami Productions Tokyo, a major Japanese documentary film producer. In 1983 his work was recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Culture and he received a one year scholarship to work at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris. Once he returned to Japan, he produced many documentary films for private Japanese television networks and he also worked as a producer for Intervoice, a company well-known for its audiovisual productions. From 1993, Kenichi Watanabe produced a number of film documentaries for NHK on various geopolitical, social and cultural topics. He moved to France in 1997 and established KAMI Productions in Paris. Since that time, Kenichi Watanabe realized social and historical documentaries for Arte and France Télévisions, two French television networks, some in coproduction with NHK.
Year of Completion 2013
Nationality of the Film France
Running Time 86 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 4:3
Color Mixed
Screening Format DVCAM
Shooting Locations Japan, France, Germany
Shooting Dates/Periods April 2012 - July 2012
Names of Characters
Language of Commentary and Dialogue English,
Subtitles Japanese,France,Greman
Date of First Public Screening 2013/3/
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Paris, France
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2013/3/
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events
Staff Credits Script: Watanabe Kenichi
Photography: Emmanuel Valette
Editing: Fabrite
Sound: S. Soadur
Music: Couller
Narration: Michael Ferrier
Producer Christine Watanabe
Distributor / Distribution Company Arte Distribution
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None