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.

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