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Genetic modification Environment Pesticide

Farmer to Farmer : The Truth About GM Crops
Prezented & Narrated : Michael Hart
Edited : Pete Speller
Production : A hart Production Film
Language : English / Subtitle : Japanese by IFOF
Farmer to Farmer

Michel Hart is a farmer doing organic farming in England. He objected to GMOs when they were introduced in the market in 1996. Ten years later, he visited American farmers, and found out serious problems caused by GM plants which farmers are nowadays facing in the field. In this film, he reports negative effects of GM plants on non-GM plants and weeds, as well as on the environment and agricultural economies.

Environment Pesticide

The Message from Honey Bees
Director : IWASAKI Katutoshi
Language : Japanese
The Message from Honey Bees

Last several years many Japanese beekeepers lost a large number of their bees. They realise that the death of their bees was caused by the use of new insecticide called "neonicotinoid". A number of investigation and research maintain that this insecticide has destructive effects on agricultural products including fruits, as well as honey bees. The recent survey also warns that this pesticide would damage the development of people's brain in their early years.

Pesticide Environment Community

Big River
27min. / USA / 2009
Director : Curt Ellis
Producer : Curt Ellis, Aaron Woolf
Language: English / Subtitle : Japanese by IFOF
Big River

A serial of Peace Boy Award winning "King Corn", a film that depicted miscellaneous food and feed problems involved in corn business. In this serial, the film pursues other aspects of corn business, the effects and influences of pesticides and chemical fertilizers used in the corn fields. The film will ask what it means to use pesticides, where they go and what they do eventually. These two young men question modern agriculture and agri-business for what they leave behind as byproducts.

Anti-Global Seed Pesticide Biotechnology

Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of Sorrow
52min. / India / 1992
Director : Manjira Datta
Produced : Media Workshop/TVE/BBC
Language: English / Subtitle : Japanese by IFOF
Seeds Of Plenty

The so called "Green Revolution" that saved famine stricken developing nations like India, is believed to be one of the most successful development strategies in the 20th century. This film depicts dark side of the Green Revolution looking back its 25 year history and questions who benefitted most. The miraculous increase of yield at the beginning of the Green Revolution in India declined while increasing the use of chemicals and pesticide poisoning. It also created a new serfdom. The miracle wheat variety had lived only for a short period of time.

Organic Farming Seed Pesticide

Seed saver
26min. / Japan 2009 / Japanese
Director : SAITO Reiko
Produce : Nagasaki Broadcasting Company
Seed saver

Farmers who save seeds are rare in Japan. Mr. IWASAKI Masatoshi who lives in Unzen Nagasaki-shi saves over 80 varieties of seeds each year. After graduating agricultural high school, he started to work in his father's farm that used pesticides as any farmer would do in the area. When he was 30, however, he suddenly fell with his whole body become numb. The cause was unknown but he had an inkling that it was the pesticides. While he walked around in the woods for rehabilitation, he found and awe-inspired by how trees and miscellaneous lives co-existed, and how weeds drop their seeds securing next generation. "I wish to duplicate this in my farm" and his farming started afresh. The film depicts his one year activities in his farm.

Environment Pesticide Community Living

Amanatsu of Minamata
55min. / Japan 1984 / Japanese
Director : KOIKE Masato
Produce : Seirin-sha

The Minamata disease deprived fishermen of their sea. Those fishermen, who lost their sea began growing Amanatu citrus with the determination that "victims as we are shall never be the victimizer", had reduced the use of pesticides from regular 18 times as instructed by JA to 3 times a year. Natural life returned and soil revived. A surprise came that some sprayed herbicides. Discussions ensued for several months in agony. They reached at a conclusion that they will not follow suit of Chisso who never disclosed anything, and that they will make everything open, thus they decided to accommodate the violators.

Organic Farming Community Pesticide Farmer's Movement

System of Rice Intensification
20min./ Laos 2008
Produced by: Japan International Volunteer Center(JVC)
Language: Lao / Subtitle: English, Japanese by IFOF

shortage prevails in the villages of Laos for almost half a year. JVC is working to increase rice yield through improvement of rice culture technique called SRI which introduces a single young nursery planting system. It is aimed to remove heavy burden of expansive chemicals from farmers by turning them to organic farming.

Organic Farming Community Environment Pesticide Farmer's Movement

Seven Farmers in Laos
42min./ Laos 2008
Directed by: Tondam Pongbichet
Produced by:
Sustainable Agriculture & Environment Development Association(SAEDA),
Lao Extension for Agriculture Project
Language: Lao / Subtitle: Japanese by IFOF
Seven Farmers in Laos

river runs into Laos and to the vicinity of capital city, carrying agro-chemical contaminated water from Thai and in the north from China. SAEDA, a NGO under the leadership of Tondam, is promoting organic farming without such chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The film shows farmers effort to revitalize traditional wisdom in the midst of rapid development.

Organic Farming Living Teikei Community Pesticide

This World is For All Life
80min./ Japan 1984
Planned & Filmed by KIKUCHI Shu
Edited by KAMEI Fumio
Language: Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available

A documentary
of garden creatures in Ohira Farm that turned from heavy chemical use to non-chemical farming. Ohira farm, a leading figure in national campaign for food production boost after the WW2, had lost the previous head of the family to chemical poisoning and his successor Hiroshi Ohira had almost lost his sight to the same cause. " We must go back to farming of old days "said his mother and that was the start of Hiroshi's soil building days. "Worms eat leaves, birds eat worms and birds leave shit that enriches soil and become nutrient for vegetable "says Hiroshi. All these living creatures are co-workers at his farm. This film is also a last message of a documentalist Fumio Kamei.

Organic Farming Teikei Pesticide Farmer's Movement Community

Farmers of Life
100min./ Japan 2006
Plan and Production: Sakura Motion Picture
Producer: MURAYAMA Hideyo
Directed & Edited by HARAMURA Masaki
Language: Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available
Farmers of Life

In 1973
in Takahata town in Yamagata Pref., 38 young farmers who were not in agreement with modern agricultural practices formed "Takahata Organic Agriculture Association" and started farming organically. They were looked upon as odd guys sometimes with contempt by surrounding community and in many cases even by their own family members, for their way meant returning to hard labour of the past. They were cornered and nearly ostracized by their farming community over dispute of aerial application of pesticide. And what supported them to pursue their cause and saved them was the consumers in cities who were in terms of "know each other by face" with farmers. There will be panel discussion with Takahata farmers after the show.

Environment Pesticide CSA

Uncle Stone's Lotus Field
24min./ Taiwan 2005
Director:Wang Ching-Ling, Chu Shiaw-Chyuan
Language: English , Japanese subtitle
Japanese subtitle by EARTH VISION Organization

Stone ,living in the outskirt of Taipei, would not give up using pesticide for his lotus plants. Zoologists are out on a rescue mission to save the pond's rare frog species from extinction.

Organic Farming Anti-Global Pesticide Farmer's Movement

Orange Alert
28min./ Thailand 2005
Director: Teena Amrit Gill
Language: English, Japanese subtitle
Japanese subtitle by EARTH VISION Organization

harmful to human health had been used in orchards in northern Thailand. The farmers took a stand to oppose the government's policy of encouraging pesticide use by growing pesticide-free produce.


Watch out your Vegitable
30min./ Japan 2002
Produced by Pacific Asia Resource Centre(PARC)
Editing: OHNO Kazuoki, NISHIZAWA Emiko
Language: Japanese

Are cheap
imported vegetables really safe? What is the impact of transportation on environment? The film depicts intent of profit seeking Global Agri-buisiness and the reality of agriculture in Japan and asks how our food should be.

Organic Farming Anti-Global Pesticide Farmer's Movement

No more Dead Season
34min./ Philippine 2006
Director: Boyette Rimban
Language: English, Japanese subtitle
Japanese subtitle by EARTH VISION Organization

The people
of Negros Island in the Philippines were at the mercy of world economy when they were growing sugarcane. Today, the farmers are independent and work in harmony with nature growing organic bananas with the help of international support such as fair trade.


Pesticide Epidemic
38min./ Japan 1967
Director: KOIZUMI Shukichi
Produced by Group Gendai Films
Language: Japanese

The doctors
at Saku General Hospital suspects organic mercury as the culprit of symptoms of suffering farmers. Local medical care that probes into cause and communicate the danger of pesticide to local people raises public concern. The question of the use of chemicals in agriculture as a matter of course is still valid today.


Japan's Lessons on the Economy and the Environment
30min./ Japan 2007
Director: KAWAI Juka
Produced by TVE JAPAN
Language: Japanese

record films of pesticide use in Japan tell us views surrounding pesticide and its impact on people. Also gives testimonies by people who work on pesticide issues.