Hidden Contamination


Kitada Naotoshi


みえない汚染・飯舘村の動物たちThe 20 km zone surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant was designated an evacuation zone due to the radiation caused by the accident in March 2011. However the thousands of people of Itate, situated just outside the zone, and those who had fled the area and taken shelter there were left to their own devices for over a month. Later on Itate became a restricted area and the residents were allowed only visits having to leave the area for good. The place became a ghost town, as it was too close to the Zone and many pets and farm animals are stranded there. There are said to be 150~200 dogs, 400~800 cats, 50 chickens and a pig although the exact numbers are unknown. The public interest in the accident has all but gone but there is one man who still cares what happens to those animals.
Title in English Hidden Contamination
Title in Original Language みえない汚染・飯舘村の動物たち
Director(s) Kitada Naotoshi
Director's Bio/Filmography Kitada Naotoshi made his directorial debut in 35mm feature film "Dog", which took him eight years fom 1994 to 2002 for production. He then made two feature films for adults about suicide during a period from 2004 to 2009. In 2013, he directed feature documentary film "Zone", which depicted the fate of animals left behind in the 20 km evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami.
Year of Completion 2015
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 92 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Mixed
Screening Format HDCAM
Shooting Locations Iitate Village (Soma, Fukushima), Tokyo
Shooting Dates/Periods Nov 1 2012 - April 1 2015
Names of Characters Hirayama Gunman, Endo Kazuo, Fujiwara Kei, Animals in Iitate Village
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles English,
Date of First Public Screening 2015/7/16
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Japan
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2015/7/16
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events Submitted to competition sections in several international film festivals in US, Canada and Europe.
Staff Credits Photography: Kitada Naotoshi
Editing: Kitada Naotoshi
Music: Sakamoto Hiromichi
Producer Kitada Naotoshi
Distributor / Distribution Company Analog Digital Garde - Japan
Official Website for the Film http://adg-theater.com/zone.iitate/
Other Online Access to the film https://www.facebook.com/iitatezone
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None