The Shiranui Sea, dir. Tsuchimoto Noriaki, Japan 1975, 153 min., 16mm, Japanese with English subtitles
Retrospective: Tsuchimoto Noriaki
After the first compensations had been paid, Tsuchimoto turned his camera to the sea and to the reality of people’s daily affected lives and struggles with Minamata disease. The sea that carried the disease also provided the livelihood of these populations, who for generations had relied on traditional fishing for sustenance.
The film establishes a comprehensive report about the Minamata situation throughout the years. There is a great sensibility in the way Tsuchimoto draws a portrait of these people, who tell about their experiences and expectations for the future, as they live with the disease and carry on with their lives. The Shiranui Sea is a lyrical tribute to the people’s resilience; a film of healing that establishes the caring dimension of Tsuchimoto’s cinema: a time-honed and collaborative way of filmmaking, deeply sensitive and alert.
This screening opens with an introduction by Ricardo Matos Cabo.