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Ashes to Honey: For A Sustainable Future

Do we have a sustainable energy future?
A story of people straggling to built an energy independent society in Sweden and in Iwaishima, a little island in Japan.

The film "ミツバチの羽音と地球の回転" focuses on people's life in two totally different places: Japan and Sweden. In Japan, people in a small island Iwaishima is facing a nuclear energy plant construction just in front of their island. On the other hand, in Sweden nuclear energy generation was abandoned by national election in 1980. Since then people in Sweden have been trying to achieve an energy independent and sustainable society. Both are facing one question.
"What should we do for our energy future?"

About Kaminoseki Nuclear Power Plant (Since 1982):
A plan for building a nuclear power plant in Tanoura, Kaminoseki town in Yamaguchi prefecture was planned by Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc. Japan. For 28years people in Iwaishima acted against the construction of Kaminoseki Nuclear Power Plant in front of their village just 3.5 Km away. The sea near there is a biodiversity hotspot of the Seto Inland Sea.


28 years ago, a nuclear energy plant project started just in front of our island Iwaishima. People in the island have been objecting to this construction project. Imagine what will happen if we allow it to be build. In the near sea, varieties of sea creatures are living. Organic loquats have been planted in the island for more than 1000years. Thanks to all the blessings of nature, people have been sustained their life in this small island. However, it will be destroyed. By reclaiming the beautiful bay for a nuclear energy plant, all the fishes will disappear, the ecosystem will be destroyed.
My name is Takashi. I'm the youngest worker in this island living with my wife and children. I'm thinking what we should do for our future. The clue should be in Sweden. I know that, unlike in Japan, in Sweden, local energy production are supported to create an energy-independent society. Thus, Sweden, as a county, is shifting towards a sustainable society. People in Sweden, for example, have a right to choose their electric energy.
What about in Japan then? How can we shift our energy policy? What can we learn from Sweden? And what will happen for our future in this small island, Iwaishima?

Message from Hitomi Kamanaka, the director:
Since I created the previous film "Rokkashomura Rhapsody", I faced to the fact that how we should choose our energy for a better future.
We are living in a period where the environmental problems are no longer a problem in a single country but a problem we have to deal in an international context. However, it is inevitable that human-beings give certain impacts on the nature and environment in order to live. We are facing a dilemma. I wanted to challenge the dilemma by creating this film "ミツバチの羽音と地球の回転" and ask to all the people watch it, "How can we shift to a better society?".

In the film, I feature that one way to shift to a better energy use is to learn from a remarkable case in Sweden, where national election was held to abandon nuclear power generation and a plan for achieving a society independent from fossil fuel by 2020. As researching about Sweden, I learned that its high level of social trust by transparent government and highly developed human rights are one of the main reasons for their successful energy shift. Sweden has been gradually economically growing, but at the same time successfully reducing its CO2 emission and achieving high quality of social supports such as welfare services. Why it is so different compared to Japan? What is the difference between this two developed countries?

On the other hand, in Japan, a construction plan for building a nuclear energy plant in Kaminoseki town, Yamaguchi prefecture is in process. The plant is planned to be constructed by reclaiming a beautiful bay in Setouchi-sea. Since 28years ago people living in Iwaishima have been opposed to this plan. Iwaishima is located in the opposite side of the bay and therefore the planned nuclear energy plant. People there know what happen if the plant were built. Fishes will disappear. Diversity in ecosystem will be destroyed. Fisher mans there, who have been provided fresh fishes to our table can't fish any more therefore they loose their works. Their life will be no longer sustainable. Despite their objection, however, the construction plan is still in progress.

I travelled over 8000 Km to record different life of people living in a very different location and background and combined into a single film. Sweden and Japan, we are very different, yet we are the same human-beings. I hope you will enjoy this film and let's think together about what we should do for a better future.

Other films by Hitomi Kamanaka:
『ヒバクシャ 世界の終わりに』
『六ヶ所村ラプソディー』 (Rokkashomura Rhapsody)

Schedule: From February 19th (Sat.)
Saturday and Sundays: Starts from 10:00/12:40/15:50/18:30
Weekdays: Starts from 10:30/13:10/15:50/18:30
*On Mondays, from 10:30 with Japanese subtitles

*Talk lives on On Saturdays and Sundays
2/19 (Sat.): Talk by Hitomi Kamanaka(director)
2/20 (Sun.): Talk by Candle JUNE (a candle artist) and Hitomi Kamanaka (director)
2/26 (Sat.): Talk by Shinichi Nakazawa (ANthropologist) and Hitomi Kamanaka (director)
2/27 (Sun.): Talk by Hitomi Kamanaka(director)
3/5 (Sat.): Talk by Mika Tsutsumi (Jounalist) and Hitomi Kamanaka (director)
3/6 (Sun.): Talk by Takashi Uesugi (Jounalist) and Hitomi Kamanaka (director)
3/12 (Sat.): Talk by Kayoko Ikeda (Translator) and Hitomi Kamanaka (director)
3/13 (Sun.): Talk by Tetsuya Ikeda (Officer at Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies) and Hitomi Kamanaka (director)
*All the talk lives are given right after 12:40's film

Theatre: Shibuya Eurospace (渋谷ユーロスペース)
Tel: 03-3461-0211

Ticket information:
In advance: 1400YEN (available at Eurospace)
Current ticket: 1700YEN / Students: 1400YEN / Senior: 100YEN / Members: 1200YEN / High School Students : 800YEN / Junior High School Students: 500YEN / Disabled persons: 1000YEN

Official web site: http://888earth.net/
Official blog: http://888earth.net/staffblog/
Official Twitter account: @888earth
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/mitsubachino-yu-yinto-de-qiuno-hui-zhuan/167827863262895
Director's Twitter account: Hitomi Kamanaka

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