IFOF 2010 Program

November 27(Sat), 2010

Start  9:35
Water of Life for Afghan
- A challenge of 26th years of Peshawar-Kai
Plan : Peshawar-Kai
Produce : Nihon Denpa News Co.,Ltd.
Language : Japanese
image:Water of Life for AfghanPeshawar-Kai inaugulated in 1984 with Tetsu Nakamura MD as field director in Peshawar, Pakistan as medicaid organization. With the belief that most of the diseases are preventable and curable if there were water and food, they began digging wells which culminated to be over 1500 wells as well as building water canals for irrigation of total length reaching to 24km as a measure against draught. These projects created 600,000 jobs, reinstated over 100,000 farmers and revived 3000ha of farm field in the area where villagers had no other choices than to become refugees or mercenaries of military cliques or the US forces.

Start 10:50
Big River
Director : Curt Ellis
Producer : Curt Ellis, Aaron Woolf
Language: English / Subtitle: Japanese
image:Big RiverA 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.

Start 11:27
Sea, Forest and Our Lives
Directir : SUZUKI Toshiaki
Produce : Pacific Asia Resource Center
Language : Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available
image:Sea, Forest and Our LivesRecently, 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.

Start 13:30
Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of Sorrow
Director : Manjira Datta
Produced : Media Workshop/TVE/BBC
Language : English / Subtitle : Japanese
image:Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of SorrowThe 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.

Start 15:00
Percy Schmeiser - David gegen Monsanto
Director : Bertram Farehert
Produce : Denkmar Film
Language: English / Subtitle : Japanese
image:Percy SchmeiserThe rape seed fields of Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser was contaminated by GM seeds that have been blown in from track loads passing through his field. He lost seeds that he saved for 50 years and was sued by Monsanto, the GM seed developer, for infringement of their patent. The local court ruled that he pay compensation for damages. Monsanto kept an eye on him and his family to give them mental stresses. He and his wife did not succumb to their harassment and brought the case to the supreme court of Canada. There were some US farmers too who fought against Monsanto. What is it that Monsanto is after? What is it that kept farmers fighting against Goliath? And what was the verdict of the supreme court?

Start 16:30
Seed saver
Director : SAITO Reiko
Produce : Nagasaki Broadcasting Company
Language : Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available
image:Seed saverFarmers 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.

Start 16:56
The secret of weed
Director : Lee, Eui-ho
Produce : Korean Educational Broadcasting System
Language: English / Subtitle : Japanese
image:The secret of weedThe weeds generally considered as useless nuisance are proved and shown to be enriching soil in this film. Weeds are worth just to be there growing. They come up in the Spring even though they look withered and dead the previous year. These are the some of the wonderful and mystic scenes as well as pollination and travelling of seeds. Weeds grow in the fields where crops fail to grow, and they can take up heavy metals and cleanse the soil recovering ecological system.

Start 17:55
Amanatsu of Minamata
Director : KOIKE Masato
Produce : Seirin-sha
Language: Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available
image:Amanatsu of Minamata
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.

Start 19:10
Paddy field is our classroom!
Director : MATSUURA Masato
Produce : Yamagata Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Language: Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available
image: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.

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