Minamata Revolt: A People’s Quest for Life, dir. Tsuchimoto Noriaki, Japan 1973, 108 min., 16mm, Japanese with English subtitles
Retrospective: Tsuchimoto Noriaki
This powerful film documents the direct negotiations that took place between Chisso and the Minamata disease patients after the court ruling ordered the company to pay compensations. The patients self-organised to demand direct compensation and lifelong medical care.
The film makes the most of the use of direct sound, meticulously documenting the discussions and confrontations. The least known of the Minamata Trilogy, it is one of the most relentless films ever made about a community’s outrage in the face of injustice and corporate neglect.
This screening is preceded by an introduction by Ishizaka Kenji from the Japan Institute of the Moving Image.