Katawara - A Journey from March 11th, 2011


Ise Shinichi


After the Great East Japan Earthquake, I spent one year by the side of victims in the disaster-stricken areas, which meant to remain by the side of “human lives” forced to face the harsh doings of nature. We journeyed to the disaster-stricken areas with a camera as if we were making a visit to our ancestors’ tombs.
Each one of those who lost their lives in the disaster ...
We will never forget any of those victims ...
Our camera captures the silence which lies on the other side of words quietly spoken by the people. Spring comes, then summer comes, followed by autumn. And then spring comes back again, like lives going forward to the future.
Title in English Katawara - A Journey from March 11th, 2011
Title in Original Language 傍〜3月11日からの旅〜
Director(s) Ise Shinichi
Director's Bio/Filmography Born in Tokyo in 1949. Graduated from Rikkyo University, Faculty of Law. After graduation, he went through several jobs before starting his career in the film and video industry. His father, Ise Naganosuke, played an active role as an editor for record films.
He has actively worked as a documentary filmmaker for many years.
"Nao-chan" won Best Documentary at the Mainichi Film Concours in 1995. The film followed a severely handicapped girl for twelve years.
Year of Completion 2012
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 115 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format BDDVCAMDVD
Shooting Locations Watari Town (Miyagi) Iitate Village (Fukushima)
Shooting Dates/Periods March 20, 2011 - January 3, 2012
Names of Characters Tomabechi Satoro, Yoshida Kei
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles English,
Date of First Public Screening 2012/3/
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Japan
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2012/3/
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events Osaka Abeno Human Documentary Film Festival, Okurayama Documentary Film Festival, Cinema Club for excellent documentary films (Tokyo Shimotakaido Cinema) and so on
Staff Credits Photography: Ishikura Ryuji
Editing: Ise Shinichi
Sound: Watanabe Takehiko
Music: Tomabechi Satoro
Producer Ise Shinichi
Distributor / Distribution Company Ise Film
Official Website for the Film http://www.isefilm.com/
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None