Rokkashomura Rhapsody: A Plutonium Plant Comes to Northern Japan

with director Hitomi Kamanaka
Friday, April 20, 2007 - 7:00pm

A premiere screening presented by the Japan at Chicago Lecture Series: Celebrating Protest

In 2004, Rokkashomura, a small village in northern Japan, saw the completion of a reprocessing plant where plutonium is extracted from spent nuclear fuel. The village was faced with the potential of environment and public health threats due the low level release of radiation as well as the possibility of an accident at the plant, but like many small villages in Japan, revenue from fishing and agriculture ccould no longer support the community.  This film examines the everyday lives of ordinary people confronted with stark choices about the health of their families and well being of their community.

 A Q&A session with the film's director, Hitomi Kamanaka, led by professors Judy Hoffman and Michael Raine follows the screening.

Co-sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies, the Human Rights Program, the Center for International Studies, Environmental Studies Program, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and DePaul University.