Invitation to the International Film Festival on Organic Farming 2011

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On the opening of the 2011 International Film Festival on Organic Farming

  This year, we have finally come to celebrate our 5th International Film Festival on Organic Farming. I use the word 'finally' with various thoughts in mind. First of all, I am proud of our five years of achievements, considering the fact that none of the founding members had backgrounds in large organizations, nor had we the funds to start with. I am also happy to say that our Film Festival has inspired the formation of similar film festivals in other regions as well.

  Another factor that we should bear in mind is the monster earthquake which struck Eastern Japan on March 11th, and also the related events at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. These disastrous incidents make us consider making fundamental changes in our society's modus operandi, modus vivendi, and in our way of thinking. We are at the threshold of a myriad of risks to every living creature for the next decades and even centuries. The nuclear plant accidents have damaged the ecocycle that sustains the lives of all creatures, as well as affecting human relationships, and our coexistence with nature.

  Those accidents loom up as an obstruction to even the presence of organic farming, which has been nurtured with cooperative efforts by farmers and consumers. However, at the same time, we have come to realize that organic farming can alleviate some of the problems caused by this circumstance, since organic farming exists at the convergence of nature's cycles, man's interaction with nature, and human cultures and civilizations. Taking the frailties exposed by the March 11th disaster seriously, we intend to demonstrate that organic farming's practices, actions, and philosophy, as seen through this Film Festival, can aid the goal of human survival.

  With all those wishes in mind, we set the theme of the Organic Farming Film Festival as "Sowing seeds against all odds: Let's make a first step together."

September 2011
Executive Chief OHNO Kazuoki

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Information : IFOF 2011

  • Date : November 19(Sat), 20(Sun) 2011

  • Place : Small Hall, Arts Building in Natinal Olympics Memorial Youth Center, Tokyo, Japan

  • Time :
    19(Sat) 12:00〜21:30 ( Open at 11:30 )
    20(Sun) 10:00〜20:00 ( Open at 9:30 )
  • Subscription:
    Each day : ¥1,800

  • Hosted by :
    International Film Festival on Organic Farming Executive Committee

  • Collaborator :

  • Registration and Obtaining Ticket
    For obtaining ticket and participating IFOF, please register with the following information.
        Your Name, Age, Address with postal code, phone number Purchasing Ticket: Contact us by E-mail ( ) by the end of October. When your registration is completed and ticket fee is remitted, a ticket will be sent to the address you registered.
    Registration will start from 1st of October.

Special Session 1:   19 SAT 20:10〜21:30
   Can we continue to do organic farming?
In this session five speakers who are committed to organic farming in different ways talk about what the nuclear accident has changed in their lives, what difficulties they are facing, and what they are going to do from now. They discuss issues, such as what is at stake in their commitment to organic farming and is it possible to continue to do organic farming.
Speakers: OHUCHI Shinichi (farmer, Fukishima), NAKAMURA Kazuo (farmer, Fukishima), FURUNO Takao (farmer, Fukuoka), NANNO Yukinobu (distributor), KAWATA Masaharu (researcher)
Special Session 2:   20 SUN 16:30-17:45
   Can Genetically Modified technologies coexist with organic farming?
Genetic Modified technologies transform genes of seeds and eggs, which are the source of lives; they also lead large corporations to expanding their control over the process of production, distribution, and consumption of food. These technologies are inconsistent with nature. On the other hand, people who are committed to organic farming seek to live in harmony with nature. Can GM technologies coexist with organic farming? In this session three speakers discuss the principles of organic farming through exchanges with the floor.
Speakers: FURUNO Takao (farmer, Fukuoka), TENMYO Nobihiro (farmer, Niigata), KAWATA Masaharu (researcher)
Special Session 3:   20 SUN 19:00-19:30
   What does the death of a massive number of bees imply?
The death of a massive number of bees which occurred in various parts of Japan last several years is estimated to result from new insecticide “neonicotinoid”, which is banned in some countries. This session begins by Tasaka Koa’s plain explanation on the insecticide. Then KISHI Fujio, a researcher working on bees, talk about the roles of bees in the ecosystem; he warn that the death of bees would badly destroy coexistence between bees and agriculture.
Speekers: KUSHI Fujio (researcher) , TASAKA Koa (researcher)

IFOF 2011 Program

November 19(Sat), 2011
Start  12:10
Severn, The voice of our children
Director : Jean-Paul Jaud
Language : French / English / Japanese / Subtitle : Japanese
image:Severn, The voice of our children "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.
Start  14:25
The Soil
45min./Korea/2008 Director : Lee, Eui-ho
Produce : Korean Educational Broadcasting System
Language: Korean / Subtitle : Japanese
image:Soil All the living on earth, as well as human being, are deeply connected with soil: clothing is coloured by soil; walls of houses are made with soil. The nests of sparrows and honey bees, and even the "houses" of bacteria are made of soil. This Korean film observes the wonderful drama under the ground through lens of cameras, and visualise the world of micro organisms. It shows that the fertile soil is produced by the activities of micro organisms.
Start  15:30
Director : HANABUSA Aya
Produce : Polepole Times Co., Ltd.
Language : Japanese
image:Island of Houri 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.
Start   17:35
Buddha Weeps in Jadugoda
Director : Shriprakash
Language : English / Subtitle : Japanese
image: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.)
Start   19:35
Farmers Still do not Give up Sowing Seeds
Direction : KOIKE Natsumi
Production : IFOF
Language : Japanese
image:Soredemo Tane wo maku 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.
November 20(Sun), 2011
Start   10:05
Scientist Under Attack
Director : Bertram Verhaag
Production : DENKmal-Films
Language : English / Subtitle : Japanese
image:Scientist Under Attack There are two distinguished scientists whose career as scientists has been totally destroyed. Because they questioned the safety of GMOs through their research, these scientists became targeted for attack by the biotechnology industries. Among research on GMOs, only 5% is independent from those bio-technological industries. This film shows that the freedom of scientific research and the democracy of our society are now in peril!
Start   11:10
Farmer to Farmer : The Truth About Gm Crops
Prezented & Narrated : Michael Hart
Edited : Pete Speller
Production : A hart Production Film
Language : English / Subtitle : Japanese
image: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.
Start   13:30
Dirt! The Movie
Director : Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow
Production : Common Ground Media
Language : English / Subtitle : Japanese
image:Dirt! 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.
Start   15:10
Life Running Out Of Control
Director : Bertram Verhaag
Production : DENKmal-Films
Language : English / Subtitle : Japanese
image:Life Running Out Of Control Scientists have attempted to alter the genes of animals, plants, and even human being since genetic engineering was developed in the middle of the 1980s and thereafter. Giant transnational corporations (TNCs) seek to utilize, patent, and commercialise every kind of genes on earth. Citizens who are concerned about genetic engineering act against the patent system, in which the monopoly of seeds and lives is legitimatised on the plea of intellectual property rights.
Start   18:00
The Message from Honey Bees
Director : IWASAKI Katutoshi
Language : Japanese
image:Message from Bee 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.
Start   19:30
My Farming Experience
Producer: FUKUMA Junko
Script/Direction: SHINOMIYA Tetsuo
Production: Sakura Motion Picture
Language : Japanese
image:Agriculture Experience
(c)Sakura Motion Picture
Farmers Mr. and Mrs. Watanabe living in Takahata Town of Yamagata Prefecture invite children who want to experience farming to their farm throughout the year. In the farm the students enjoy planting rice and weeding; they learn the traditional ways of ecological farming, and realise the value of natural environment and food. This film is full of warm exchange between students and farmers during the days of farming experience.

Invitation to the fourth International Film Festival on Organic Farming

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Seed, Water, Life

  It is already the fourth IFOF this year! We are very happy to have so many audiences every year who enjoy the program. We are grateful to those who have supported and collaborated with us.

  The fourth IFOF is going to be held on November 27, Saturday, under the theme; SEEDS, WATER and LIFE, this year. We have set this theme in order to express our idea throughout the film festival that ORGANIC FARMING is a kind of activity to sustain the foundation of every life on the earth! It is our belief that agriculture itself, as well as organic farming, has this instinct basic character.

  Farming exists with the following two relationships; HUMAN to NATURE and HUMAN to HUMAN relationships. Human beings started the farming activities by feeling the nature with our whole body, influence or being influenced by the nature, and by utilizing the power of nature through our relationships with the nature. Our activities to recreate our lives are, at the same time, the activities to recreate the nature. Such a kind of relationships we have been keeping with the nature. In another word, we can call it a "living-together relationship" with nature.

  Upon this co-existence, there is an overlapping of human to human relations, which create the "World of Farming"! Farming can not be continued by one person. Farming activity is supported by the collaboration of those who once lived there and those who are living there.

  However, the real world today where competition and the efficiency are the top priorities, has been established by destroying these coexistence and collaboration. We have been involved in this project with the hope to feel and create "Another alternative world" which would replace present real world through showing movies on various aspects of organic farming.

  Also, we are inviting your participation in presenting three-minutes video on the theme of nature, farming or food issues.
We sincerely hope to send our message from "The World of Farming" together with you who wish to join our movement by coming to the festival and support us in various forms, or by starting similar movie show in various places!

September 2010
Executive Chief OHNO Kazuoki

Information : IFOF 2010

  • Date : November 27(Sat), 2010

  • Place : Large Hall, Arts Building in Natinal Olympics Memorial Youth Center, Tokyo, Japan

  • Time : 9:00〜22:20 ( Open at 9:00 )

  • Subscription:
    Young       ¥1500 (Less than 25 years old)
    Adult         ¥2000

  • Hosted by :
    International Film Festival on Organic Farming Executive Committee

  • Collaborator :

  • Registration and Obtaining Ticket
    For obtaining ticket and participating IFOF, please register with the following information.
        Your Name, Age, Address with postal code, phone number
    Purchasing Ticket: Contact us by E-mail ( ) by the end of October. When your registration is completed and ticket fee is remitted, a ticket will be sent to the address you registered.
    Registration will start from 1st of September.

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