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Anti-nuclear filmmakers’ festival opens in Taipei

By Tang Chia-ling and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Zero-Nuke Festival hosted by the Green Citizens’ Action Alliance started in Taipei yesterday with works by the Taiwan-Japan Joint No Nuke Illustration Exposition and the Hibakusha Film Exposition.

The Hibakusha Exposition Association, with the Japanese word hibakusha meaning “victims overtly exposed to radiation,” is an event started by Japanese filmmaker Ittetsu Morishita and five other filmmakers equally concerned about victims of nuclear materials.

The six filmmakers have gone to the sites of nuclear disasters and filmed the results of nuclear usage, and their travels have taken them across South Korea, Japan, Belarus, Tahiti, the US, Australia and other nations.

In the Contaminated Slipper piece exhibited yesterday, the group chose to show nuclear contamination by exposing the minute traces of contamination on a slipper found in the alert zone near the beach on Fukushima by photographer Takashi Morizumi.

The photograph caption said: “It’s not hard to imagine how terrible it would be if the radiation made its way into the human body and started destroying cellular DNA.”

Another picture after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster on March 11, 2011, showed a village in the danger zone devoid of people with only a few dogs wandering around. A Tokyo Electric Power Company banner reads: “Nuclear power, the wonderful energy source of the future.”

The Taiwan-Japan joint anti-nuclear illustration exposition displays 220 illustrations, including some by Jimmy (幾米) and 19 other renowned illustrators who have also put their work up for sale.

The alliance is to hold an outdoor concert, as well as a series of film expositions and seminars today and tomorrow and is to invite director Ko I-chen (柯一正) and writers Hsiao Yeh (小野), Hao Kuang-tsai (郝廣才) and Giddens Ko (九把刀) to participate in the events.

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