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Organic Farming Community Genetic modification Environment Living Nuke

Severn, The voice of our children
Director : Jean-Paul Jaud
Language : French / English / Japanese / Subtitle : Japanese

"Stop the destruction of the earth if you do not know the way to repair it!". Seven Suzuki, who was 12 years old, made an appeal at the Earth Summit in 1992. 19 years later, she is now going to be a mother, and maintains that we should change our lifestyle in order to save the future of our children. This film gives warning to us, who give higher priority to economic growth than the lives of future generations. It focuses on several local people living in Japan and France who are concerned about the crisis of the planet.

Organic Farming Community Environment Living Nuke

Director : HANABUSA Aya
Produce : Polepole Times Co., Ltd.
Language : Japanese

Iwaishima of Yamaguchi Prefecture is a small island located in the western part of Japan. The community of this island has been continuously supported by rich gifts from the sea for centuries. The construction plan of a nuclear power plant in the place 4 km away from the island has been a big challenge to the community since it was uncovered in 1982. People living in the island started their struggle against this plan by saying, "Our lives have been sustained by the sea and mountains. We cannot sell the source of our lives!". This film shows that these local people keep their traditional way of living considering the wellbeing of future generations.

Community Environment Farmer's Movement Living Nuke

Buddha Weeps in Jadugoda
Director : Shriprakash
Language : English / Subtitle : Japanese
Buddha Weeps in Jadugoda

This film describes indigenous people in Jadugoda located in the eastern part of India which is allegedly the place of Buddha's birth. The indigenous people suffered from radioactive contamination coming from uranium mines, and stood up against it. They acted for the right for their healthy lives. This film was first shown in 1999. People who watched it and were shocked by it sought to found the "Fund for the Sorrow of Buddha", and made the shelter for children who were badly affected by the mines. (the film was awarded the 8th Earth-Vision Prize.)

Organic Farming Community Environment Farmer's Movement Nuke

Yet We Sow
Direction : KOIKE Natsumi
Production : IFOF
Language : Japanese
Yet We Sow, Flag of Mushiro

Organic farming does not work without the cyclical function of nature. It also does not work without the mutual relationship between producers, consumers, and the community. The Fukushima nuclear disaster caused by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) this year violently destroyed the relationship, which had supported organic farming before. This film produced by the IFOF organizing group focuses on people who suffer from the nuclear disaster, but still do not give up sowing seeds. It shows how people who face great difficulties seek to recover the relationship, which is essential for organic farming.

Organic Farming Community Environment Microbe

Dirt! The Movie
Director : Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow
Production : Common Ground Media
Language : English / Subtitle : Japanese by IFOF

William B. Rogan says that recent disasters, such as flood, drought, climate change, and even the war, result from human being's failure to treat the dirt. This films shows that politics, economics, agriculture, environment, ecology, health, education, and arts are all closely related with the dirt. We will be unable to deal with the disasters without understanding the interrelationship.

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.

Environment Organic Farming Community Living

Sea, Forest and Our Lives
35min. / Japan 2010 / Japanese
Director : SUZUKI Toshiaki
Produce : Pacific Asia Resource Center
Sea, Forest and Our Lives

Recently, in the name of modern development, human actions have been destroying increasingly large swathes of the natural system on which we depend for food production and the continuation of life itself. The video features interviews with people who defy this trend by continuing to live in harmony with nature often against overwhelming forces. By listening directly to their experiences, we gain a valuable opportunity to learn more about the connections between humans and nature as well as between the workings of nature and ourselves.

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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.

Dietary Edu. Community

Paddy field is our classroom!
45min. / Japan 2009 / Japanese
Director : MATSUURA Masato
Produce : Yamagata Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Paddy field is our classroom!

The place is Niijuku Primary School in Takahata-machi, Okitama, Yamagata Prefecture, the town noted for organic agriculture movement. HOSHI Kanji, the leader of the movement, was concerned when he was a member of the board of education with the way education and agriculture is conducted, the way of the high economical growth, the way of "uniformity and mass production". He proposed to have a school farm and a young teacher IZAWA Ryoji shared the concern and began teaching agriculture, which was 30 years ago. Now that he is a school master of the Niijuku primary school, he set a goal of 50% self sufficiency in school lunch. The school farm is now giving children lessons of food, agriculture, local community and daily living activities.

Organic Farming Community

A Farm with Future Vision
26min./ Japan 2008
Produced and directed by UCHIDA Kazuo
Language: Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available

A year
of document at Kirisato Farm located in Ogawa-machi in west Saitama pref. run by Yoshinori Kaneko, one of the founding fathers of modern organic agriculture in Japan. Kaneko gives hands on training to young interns of organic agriculture who live together for a year. After one year of internship, they depart to be farmers of future Japan with hopes and dreams.

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 CSA Community

Beyond Organic
The Vision of Fairview Garden
33min./ USA / 2000
Directed by John Graaf
Produced by Center for Urban Agriculture
Language: English / Subtitle : Japanese by IFOF
Beyond Organic

A documentary
film of a young farmer in California Michael Ableman who struggled to keep his farm while a wave of urbanization brought new settlers all around the farm. Even though Ableman managed to calm down complaints and pressure from new neighbors to quit farming for the annoying smell of compost and cock crow by turning his farm into a hands-on learning center of real food for urban people, the land owner was in the process to sell the farmland to a housing developer. The farm was on the verge of closure when CSA members came to rescue and raised enough fund to keep the farm going as Non Profit Organization. This film shows possibilities of urban agriculture.

Organic Farming Community Anti-Global Living

Power of Community:
How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
53min./ USA 2006
Produced by: Community Solutions
Directed by: Faith Morgan
Language: English, Spanish / Subtitle: Japanese
Power of Community

Cuba lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1990s, the country faced an immediate crisis-feeding the population-and an ongoing challenge: how to create a new low-energy society. Cuba transitioned from large, fossil-fuel intensive farming to small, less energy-intensive organic farms and urban gardens, and from a highly industrial society to a more sustainable one. This film tells story of the Cuban people's challenge to change their agriculture, industry, housing, education, medical care and energy without anyone lost for starvation or lack of medical attention even under the most severe economic climate. The keyword people found is " the Power of Community". Some day we all must face the peak oil where Cuban experience has a lot to tell.


Asian Community in Action
20min./ Japan/Nepal 2008
Planned and Produced by: Asia Leader Fellowship Program 2006
Directed by : KAMATA Yoji (Japan), Kunda Dekishit(Nepal)
Subsidized by Japan Foundation
Language: English / Subtitle: Not Available
Asian Community in Action

The documentary
depicts innovative activities to revitalize local community by local people in Asia. It shows a movement to build community that cycle material locally with organic agriculture and biogas in Ogawa-machi in Saitama Prefecture, and a local community radio station that provides useful information such as vegetable price and health to rural area in Nepal.

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.

CSA Organic Farming Community

The Real Dirt on Farmer John
84min./ USA 2005
Director; Tagart Siegel
Produced by Collective Eye
Language: English , Japanese subtitle
Farmer Jhon

John's biographical story. John is a typical hippie generation who turns his inherited farm into agricultural commune but is a bam for local people. But he knew instinctively the taste of soil. His unyielding farmer spirit, invigorated by Community Supported Agriculture overcomes heart breaks and gives hope to family farmers eroded by corporate farming.