FURUSATO

A small town in Fukushima’s exclusion zone searches for normalcy after the world’s largest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. We follow a teen rocker, a media-savvy activist, a conflicted TEPCO engineer, and a female horse breeder as they cope with the loss of their homes and the unseen danger of radiation. Each faces a crucial decision: to stay or to go?

A small town in Fukushima's exclusion zone searches for normalcy after the world's largest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. A teen rocker, a media-savvy activist, a conflicted TEPCO engineer, and a female horse breeder cope with the loss of their homes and the unseen danger of radiation. Each faces a crucial decision: to stay or to go? Furusato, or hometown, is an unsettling portrait of daily life amid an ongoing cataclysm, one with repercussions far beyond Japan’s shores. Having explored the region during the four years following the disaster, director Thorsten Trimpop reveals a way of life that has taken hold amid tremendous uncertainty and risk, in a place rarely seen and often misunderstood. Culminating in a samurai horse race with a thousand-year tradition, the film offers a space to reflect on the larger issues of progress, its untold sacrifices, and the true cost of the way we live today.

Genre Feature Documentary / Society
Length 90’ / 52’ HD
Film by Thorsten Trimpop
Production Büchner Filmproduktion in co-production with Thorsten Trimpop
Original Title Furusato
Year 2016

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A small town in Fukushima’s exclusion zone searches for normalcy after the world’s largest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl.
A small town in Fukushima’s exclusion zone searches for normalcy after the world’s largest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. A teen rocker, a media-savvy activist, a conflicted TEPCO engineer, and a female horse breeder cope with the loss of their homes and the unseen danger of radiation. Each faces a crucial decision: to stay or to go? Furusato, or hometown, is an unsettling portrait of daily life amid an ongoing cataclysm, one with repercussions far beyond Japan’s shores. Having explored the region during the four years following the disaster, director Thorsten Trimpop reveals a way of life that has taken hold amid tremendous uncertainty and risk, in a place rarely seen and often misunderstood. Culminating in a samurai horse race with a thousand-year tradition, the film offers a space to reflect on the larger issues of progress, its untold sacrifices, and the true cost of the way we live today.

Feature Documentary / Society
Length 90’ / 52’ HD
Film by Thorsten Trimpop
Co-Production Büchner Filmproduktion with Thorsten Trimpop, with the support of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media BKM, Gerd Ruge Fellowship, DEFA Foundation, LEF Foundation, Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation, Documentary Educational Resources, 2016
Original title Furusato

Festivals and Awards
DOK Leipzig, Golden Dove in the German Competition, Germany 2016
Vienna International Film Festival, Austria 2016
DocPoint Helsinki, Finland 2017
Globale Mittelhessen, Germany 2017
FICG – Festival International de Cine en Guadalajara Film Festival, Mexico 2017
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan/USA 2017
Achtung Berlin – New Berlin Film Award, Germany 2017
Festival do Rio, Brazil 2017
International Festival Signes de Nuits, Argentina 2018
Trento Film Festival, Italy 2018