Minamata - The Victims and Their World

Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung @ SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA

Minamata - The Victims and Their World

Lecture Performance and Film Screening

17:30 Marianna Christofides, exercises in becoming uncertain, Exploratory reading
19:30 Tsuchimoto Noriaki, Minamata – The Victims and Their World (1971), Film screening

An evening in two parts: EXERCISES IN BECOMING UNCERTAIN Marianna Christofides | MINAMATA – THE VICTIMS AND THEIR WORLD Tsuchimoto Noriaki
During the break of the two-part event, a warm soup by soyboy will be served.

In cooperation with Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme

Tickets are valid for the screening at 19:30 and the reading at 17:30 and can be purchased here

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Marianna Christofides, exercises in becoming uncertain, Exploratory reading
In an exploratory reading preceding the film screening, Marianna Christofides will give insights into her ongoing artistic research, reflecting on the multiple beginnings crossed through to inhabit for a while the trails of ruptures that leave behind little but bruised lifeworlds; in the belief that residual knowledge develops in the ripples of such moments of impact. The nuclear uncanny meets the mercurial uncanny. Corporate nationalism(s) meet environmental injustices.
Marianna Christofides is an artist working primarily with moving image and word. She is currently a fellow of the
The tickets are valid for the film screening at 19:30 as well as the exploratory reading at 17:30.

Director Tsuchimoto Noriaki Japan 1971

120 Min., 16mm, OV with English subs

水俣-患者さんとその世界 Minamata - Kanjasan to sono sekai | Minamata - The Victims and Their World
In the coastal town of Minamata in Kyūshū one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in postwar Japan unfurls over decades before the eyes of authorities and locals. From 1932 to 1968, the Chisso Corporation, a pioneering Japanese chemical company producing fertilizers, systematically dumped its untreated, methylmercury and other heavy metal infused wastewater into the surrounding Shiranui Sea. Despite the hazardousness of the effluent being confirmed by 1957, government inaction meant the horrendous effects of the pollution would eventually emerge in the health of the local fishermen and their livelihood. On the basis of his long-running personal involvement with the subjects, Tsuchimoto presents an empathetic, ethically just and political documentary, shedding light onto a series of events that would forever scar people's lives and their environment. A landmark in socially-engaged documentary filmmaking, Minamata – The Victims and Their World moves, enrages, inspires.

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