zone 存在しなかった命

Kitada Naotoshi


zone_存在しなかった命The Japanese Government does not acknowledge the presence of the numerous animals left in the 20 km radius zone which became a ghost town over night after the worst nuclear accident in history: the Tokyo Electric Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster of March the 11th, 2011. The fact that the major media companies and others did not report the truth means that the deaths themselves are not aknowledged as having happened.

A 20km radius of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant was designated a compulsory evacuation area and members of the general public were banned from entering the area. Not even journalists were allowed in and cameras were off limits. Many animals were left in the area which had disappeared off the map. The mere numbers registered reached more than 4,000 cattle, 30,000 pigs, 630,000 chickens, and 20,000 pets including cats and dogs. The Japanese Government and large media companies together concealed the tragic fact that more than 90% of the animals died of starvation in a desperate situation with no food or water and those who survived were slaughtered by the authorities. This is a record of the people who have been and are fighting to save the animals in the zone irradiated by human action and robbed of any future or hope.
Title in English zone
Title in Original Language zone 存在しなかった命
Director(s) Kitada Naotoshi
Director's Bio/Filmography Born in 1968. In 2003, his independent 35mm B&W feature film "Dog" was released in theaters. The production process took ten years and needed his physical labor. In 2009, his two feature films about suicide, "Asako" and "Away From Demonic City", were screened in the Kanto area. He is currently editing his new film, "zone 2", which is about one hundred and fifty house dogs left behind in Iitate village, Fukushima, for four years.
Year of Completion 2013
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 117 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format DVD
Shooting Locations Caution zone in Futaba District (Fukushima)
Shooting Dates/Periods April 1, 2012 - October 30, 2012
Names of Characters Endo Kazuo, Yoshizawa Masami, Isabella Gallaon-Aoki
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles English,
Date of First Public Screening 2014/3/8
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Japan
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2014/3/8
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events Sreenings in Japan:
Uplink (Tokyo), Cine-Nouveau X (Osaka) and Sasoriza (Sapporo)
Staff Credits Photography: Kitada Naotoshi
Editing: Kitada Naotoshi, Ren Yong
Sound: Kitada Naotoshi, Ren Yong
Music: Sakamoto Hiromichi
Narration: Arthur Binard
Producer Kitada Naotoshi
Distributor / Distribution Company Kitada Naotoshi
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None