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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International Film Festival on Organic Farming(IFOF) 2009

images of IFOF2009

The life I value most

  We are happy and grateful to announce that your support has made it possible to hold the 3rd IFOF. The last two years' IFOF have been accepted and welcomed with high regard by both old and young.

  Members of Steering Committee have also found the depth and the scope organic agriculture has and are deeply impressed by its implication that organic agriculture is not just how-to of farming but is a wholistic concept which enfolds how we should grasp the nature, how we are to live with forest, water, soil and all the creatures that live on our planet.

  We have focused our effort on these vast and deep aspects of organic agriculture to be expressed in the program of the IFOF 2009.

  During the last tow decades, the earth and our lives underwent decay and segmentation by an idea and system that is all too simple and cold, the winner or the loser in a competitive world of economy.

  Under the pressure of this modern competitive world, we are trying to rediscover and redo our relationship with nature and also to re-establish relationship among us humans.
We would be gratified if everyone of our friends would come to IFOF 2009 and find in the selected films such possibilities organic agriculture have.

  We have also provided a chance to participate in the film festival for those who wish to express views on nature, farming and food with 3 minutes video works.

  Please drop in at the film festival and feel and enjoy the organic world.

 August 2009
 Executive Chief OHNO Kazuoki

Information : IFOF 2009

  • Date : November 27(Fri) & 28(Sat), 2009
  • Place : Large Hall, Arts Building in Natinal Olympics Memorial Youth Center, Tokyo, Japan
  • Time :
    27(Fri)  12:00〜20:00 ( Open at 11:30 )
    28(Sat)  9:30〜21:00 ( Open at 9:10 )
  • Subscription:
    27(Fri)     ¥1500.00
    28(Sat)     ¥2000.00
    2 days ticket ¥3000.00
  • Hosted by :
    International Film Festival on Organic Farming Executive Committee/
    Tokyo Peace Film Club
  • Collaborator :
    Japan Organic Agriculture Association/
    Pacific Asia Resource Centre(PARC)
  • Registration and Obtaining Ticket
    For obtaining ticket and participating IFOF, please register with the following information.
        Your Name, Address with postal code, phone number
    Purchasing Ticket: Contact us by E-mail( ticket@yuki-eiga.com ) 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.

  • Special Event 1: 28(Sat) 14:20 – 15:30
    Special Talk on "What is on Asian Villages now"
    There are 3 films depicting Asian farmers' fight against globalization. Two among them were from Laos by chance. Visiting students of Organic Agriculture at Asian Rural Institute (ARI) situated at Nasu-Shiobara shi, Tochigi, Mr.Houmphan from Laos and Ms.Polkhayan from Thai will talk on the backgrounds and situations in Laos and Northeast Thai.

  • Special Event 2 : 27(Fri) 19:30 – 20:00
    New farmers talk:"the life I value most"
    With a special reference to the film "A Farm with Future Vision", we will have 3 new organic farmers to talk about their view on life they value most. There will be a casual talk after their presentation.

  • Special Event 3: 27(Fri) 16:00 – 16:50
    3 min. video show: "My view of food and farming"
    This gives chance to go one step forward from "just watch" to "make and show"for you. It is our wish that more people will take part in IFOF thru making videos and films for 3min. video show. Your entry of 3 min. video on food and farming is most welcome.

IFOF 2009 Program

November 27(Fri), 2009

Start  12:00
ABONG /Small Home
 Produced by: "ABONG/Small Home" Production Exhibition Committee
 Directed by: IMAIZUMI Koji
 Language: English, Tagalog / Subtitle: Japanese
Photo: ABONG/Small HomeThis is a story of a family of a migrant worker who is a Japanese descendant living in the mountainous area of Luzon, Philippines. Everyone in the world is working hard for their children but we are now losing sight of the fact that we all live by the gifts of other lives. This film poses a question " how and what really is it to live on this Earth? " This is a film of fairy tale of a family living in southern pacific island facing modern day challenges.
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Start 14:05
The Village Submerged
 Directed and Filmed by ONISHI Nobuo
 Planned and Produced by: MOTOHASHI Seiichi, Polepole Times Co., Ltd.
 Aid Fund by: Art and Culture Promotion Fund
 Language: Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available
Photo: A Story of a village that went under waterWater dam construction became hot issue among people of Tokuyama village in Gifu in 1957. Almost 1500 villagers had evacuated one after another to newly allocated site nearby but a few elderly people returned so as to live till the village went under the water. A photographer Nobuo Onishi frequently visited this village since his first visit in 1991 when he was fascinated by the way of living of old folks. The villagers had wisdom to value seasonal gifts of the nature. When the dam was completed, water began to web that no one could ever return to their homes again. This film is a record of 15 years with old folks and their close relationship with nature.

Start 17:05
All are gifts of the Nature, Weather-Mama of Western Aizu
 Planned and Produced by: USAGAWA Takashi
 Language: Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available
Photo: All are gifts of the Nature"Garden sowing season begins when rum buds are bulging" or "rain is not near when swallow flies high" are some of the phrases reminiscent of old days spoken by Ms Fumiko Suzuki known as a weather-Mama. She has been studying and practicing in her farm what her grandfather used to say about weather. Years of her keen interest and observation on plants and other creatures in the vicinity that is rich with nature in Nishi-Aizu in Fukushima prefecture has now made it possible for her to foretell the weather of as far ahead as a year away with 70-80% accuracy. She is full of love when she appears to be talking with animals and plants.

Start 19:00
A Farm with Future Vision
 Produced and directed by UCHIDA Kazuo
 Language: Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available
Photo: A Farm with Future VisionA 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.

November 28(Sat), 2009
Start 9:35
King Corn
 Director and Producer Aaron Woolf
 Cast & Co-producer; Ian Cheney, Curt Ellis
 Language: English / Subtitles: Japanese
Photo: King CornAll food is derived from corn…. Americans are made of corn. Two young men close on corn that is in almost all foods Americans eat. Their first move was to take up hands on experience of producing corn in a great corn producing state of Iowa and then to follow on its course to consumer plates. Through corn, the film reveals such issues Americans face today as monoculture, a large scale agriculture, a large scale animal industry, obesity and bio-ethanol.

Start 11:30
System of Rice Intensification (SRI)
 Produced by: Japan International Volunteer Center(JVC)
 Language: Lao / Subtitle: Japanese、English
Photo: System of Rice IntensificationRice 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.

Start 11:50
Seven Farmers in Laos
 Directed by: Tondam Pongbichet
 Produced by: Sustainable Agriculture & Environment Development Association(SAEDA)/ Lao Extension for Agriculture Project
 Language: Lao / Subtitle: Japanese
Photo: Seven Farmers in LaosMekong 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.

Start 13:20
Rice; The Life of Asia
 Produced by: Pesticide Action Network Asia and Pacific(PAN)
 Language: English / Subtitle: Japanese
Photo: Rice; The Life of AsiaThis film depicts, through rice related festivals and ceremonies, how deep rice is rooted in the lives of people of Thai, Philippines, Indonesia, India and Bangladesh in their daily living, history, culture and environment. In the last half of the film, it shows how multinational corporations and governments are posing threat to people and small farmers in these countries by introducing high yield variety of rice that ravages farmlands, and the fights of farmers against such threat.

Start 15:45
This World is For All Life
 Planned & Filmed by KIKUCHI Shu, Edited by KAMEI Fumio
 Language: Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available
Photo: This World is For All LifeA 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.
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Start 17:25
Beyond Organic The Vision of Fairview Garden
 Directed by John Graaf, Produced by Center for Urban Agriculture
 Language: English / Subtitle: Japanese
Photo: Beyond OrganicA 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.

Start 18:45
Living Soil
 Planned by Natural Farming Research Center, MOA Production
 Produced by Sakura Films
 Language: Japanese / Subtitle: Not Available
Photo: Living SoilIssues of food and agriculture have direct impact on our health. The film gives scientific picture of "Living Soil" that produces healthy crops at farm managed by Kazuo Suka, a natural farmer who has succeeded in building such living soil. This is a priceless report of possibility of natural farming in contrast to modern agriculture system that is based on industrial view point. It also documents problems of modern agriculture and lessons learnt from them.

Start 19:45
Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
 Produced by: Community Services, Inc.
 Directed by: Faith Morgan
 Language: English, Spanish / Subtitle: Japanese
 Trailer: http://www.powerofcommunity.org/
Photo: Power of CommunityWhen 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.

Information : IFOF in Ikeda 2009

In this summer, International Film Festival on Organic Farming in Ikeda 2009 will be held in Ikedacho, Fukui. As for "Ozaki -San of Frandon Farm School", seven works will be shown. The lecture of HOSHI Kanji (Takahata-cho, Yamagata) is planned, too.

 ・Ozaki -San of Frandon Farm School
 ・Non to GMO, A Message from France
 ・One man, One cow, One planet
 ・Farmers of Life
 ・Olive tree
 ・This World is For All Life
 ・The Land We Live - Farmers of Sanrizuka

 Date : August 22(Sat), 2009
 Place: Large Hall, Noh-no-Sato cultural exchange, Ikedacyo, Fukui, Japan
      5-1, Yabuta, Ikedatyo, Fukui TEL:0778-44-7000
      Map:http://www.fukuiweb.com/nou-movie/map.html (Jaapanes)
 Time : 9:30 - 21:00( Open at 9:00 )
 Subscription; ¥2000.00
 Hosted by : IFOF in Ikeda Planning Committee
       http://www.fukuiweb.com/nou-movie/ (Japanes)

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