Nina Fischer & Maroan El Sani

I live in Fear – Record of a Living Being After March 11

In conversation: Toshiki Okada, Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani / Moderation: Elke Buhr

Late-Night: Akira Kurosawa, Ikimono no kiroku (1955)


Nina Fischer & Maroan El SaniI Live in Fear - Record of a Living Being After March 11 Deutschland Japan 2013, 29min Japanese with English subtitles Akira KurosawaIkimono no kiroku / I live in Fear Japan 1955, 103min Japanese with German subtitles

For this recent work by the artist duo, which was commissioned by the Aichi Triennale in 2013, Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani invited actors, people who had had to leave their home as a result of the nuclear accident and inhabitants of the prefecture of Aichi to a screening of Akira Kurosawa's 1955 film classic “I Live in Fear”. The intention was to re-evaluate Kurosawa's film, which thematises the fear of the nuclear threat in Japan after nuclear weapons testing, such as had taken place one year before at Bikini Atoll. After the film screening there was a discussion and improvisation workshop, recorded in this documentary film. Fear and insecurities – not least a result of the confusing state of information after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant – come to the fore here. The director Toshiki Okada was also among the participants. He relocated to the island of Kysushu in western Japan after the catastrophe in order to get as far away as possible from the zone affected by the ruins of the nuclear power plant.

Akira Kurosawa
Ikimono no kiroku / I Live in Fear

Fiction film, Japan 1955, 103 min.

Japanese with German subtitles

Foundry owner Kiichi Nakajima is plagued by anxiety attacks because he believes that a nuclear catastrophe is imminent. To escape it, he wants to sell his factory and immigrate to Brazil with his family. But the family is unsympathetic to his fears, and instead tries to have him legally ruled incompetent. In the blazing heat of summer, Kiichi's trial tests the nerves of everyone involved. The backdrop of the film is the USA's atomic bomb testing on Bikini Atoll in the spring of 1954, which had also exposed a Japanese fishing boat to radiation and had cost one sailor his life. In light of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki only a few years beforehand, the Japanese public reacted indignantly to the tests. They triggered an anti-nuclear movement in Japan, which later grew into one of the largest protest movements of the post-war period.
Part of "Japan Syndrome - Art and Politics after Fukushima"


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