the eerie silence on KineJapan is maddening!
matteo.boscarol at gmail.com
Fri Mar 18 08:08:35 EDT 2011
I completely agree with Faith, not time to think about cultural
heritage now, sorry.
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On 2011/03/18, at 20:29, Pete Larson <pslarson2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm glad someone agrees with me that the foreign coverage of the
> nuclear reactor has been vastly oversensationalized and has been
> riddled with disinformation and misinformation. This extremely poor
> coverage comes at the expense of the people who were directly
> affected by the quake and the following tsunami. These are the
> people who should be receiving coverage. Granted, it has all the
> Hollywood that one could ever want.
> Most disturbing to me has been the awful dehumanization of people
> living in Japan, and the portrayal of Japan as inherently dangerous
> for foreigners, reinforcing tired stereotypes of the US as the only
> safe place for Americans.
> On 3/18/2011 4:23 AM, Lindsay Nelson wrote:
>> As someone who has been in Tokyo since August (currently in Kyoto
>> to have a bit of a break from the aftershocks), I can say a few
>> 1. The nuclear power plant story is being ridiculously
>> sensationalized in the American media. Article after article and
>> expert after expert have declared that there is absolutely no
>> danger to anyone outside the immediate vicinity of the plant, and
>> yet the major news outlets ignore these stories and continue to
>> vamp up the fear. Worse, they do this at the expense of reporting
>> on the real crisis, which is the 400,000 + people in the northeast
>> who have limited food, water, and shelter and are already dying as
>> a result.
>> 2. Many people have made the decision to leave--at least
>> temporarily--for a variety of reasons. Aftershocks were constant
>> for the first 24 hours after the quake, and they continue even now.
>> I personally have not slept much at all for the past week--
>> partially because of the stress of the aftershocks, and partially
>> because I have been dealing with frantic, panicked family members
>> who were horrified that I hadn't fled the city. I also worried
>> about blackouts as my only heater is electric, it's getting very
>> cold, and kerosene / space heaters are completely sold out. I've
>> left for a few days to get some sleep and try to re-group, but I
>> plan to return. The bottom line is that even if there is no danger
>> from the power plant, there are plenty of other reasons why people
>> might choose to leave. And given the changing nature of the power
>> plant situation and the huge amount of conflicting information
>> available, I can understand why some people would be concerned
>> enough to leave.
>> 3. Regarding film archives and screenings--for the most part it's
>> business as usual in Tokyo. The scheduled blackouts have been
>> avoided so far because people are doing a great job of conserving
>> energy. Some universities have postponed classes and some smaller
>> companies have shut down to allow their employees to spend time
>> with their families, but most places are up and running. Very
>> few Japanese are leaving the city (the shinkansen were
>> crowded today as I headed for Kyoto, but Monday is a national
>> holiday, so that's not too surprising). If regular blackouts become
>> a necessity this will of course impact daily life considerably, but
>> for now other than slightly reduced train service, a gasoline
>> shortage, and shortages of items like bread, milk, and rice (really
>> just the result of over-buying, not an actual shortage), Tokyo
>> seems pretty normal to me.
>> I provide informal updates about the situation on the ground and
>> links to helpful articles at http://gradland.wordpress.com.
>> --Lindsay Nelson
>> On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 12:03 AM, Quentin Turnour <Quentin.Turnour at nfsa.gov.au
>> > wrote:
>> Perhaps to shift things just to the issue of film archives...Thanks
>> for your great and thoughtful post, Odd also considering I've just
>> spent the morning doing a run through of the NFC's 35mm print of
>> the SHINGUN/MARCHING ON and also reading your great on-line article
>> about this unusual early Showa silent.
>> Literarily a few minutes after your post came up, Kae Ishihara at
>> the Film Preservation Society posted an email and link to English-
>> speaking FPS members http://www.homemovieday.jp/English/latest-news/
>> In the last few days I've had some contact with her, Akira Tochigi
>> at the NFC and a few others in the Japanese screen culture
>> community (such as Fujioka Asako of the Yamagata Doco festival - a
>> cultural event which of course takes place within a prefecture once
>> removed but still very close to the tragedy of the tsunami). But
>> Kae's email is a great summary of what's happening with the NFC and
>> regional film archives, and even some Japanese film industry
>> matters - Sony's HDCam tape plant was at Sendai, for example.
>> As I alluded to, ironically we've been doing a season here of 1920s
>> Japanese silents from the NFC and Matsuda, and the reconstruction
>> of the Kanto area post-1923 obviously looms as a sub-text in many
>> of the films we were screening... Or as a text on some
>> of the mid-1920s Ministry of Education Tokyo reconstruction films,
>> such as the eccentric PUBLIC MANNERS TOKYO SIGHTSEEING (...which
>> has led us to making the decision to postponed a screening of these
>> Our program included a visit by the benshi Mr. Kotoaka Ichiro, who
>> bravely went ahead with a performance of his final session only
>> minutes after getting the news of the earthquake and then had some
>> difficulties getting back to Tokyo from Australia the following
>> day. We are currently ben asked to hold the prints from this series
>> for the NFC until advised; as the FPS's site indicate it seems not
>> so much that their facilities have been damaged, but shipping
>> services are still unreliable, power is a problem and staff simply
>> have having trouble getting to work
>> Finally, and noting the debate that your email inadvertently
>> sparked over foreign perceptions... Those who know some of the
>> history of what happened in the wake of Great Kanto will remember
>> that immediate international goodwill degenerated badly in mutual
>> recrimination in the weeks and months following; especially in
>> Japanese-US relations. Whilst some of this had to do with the
>> coming of US legislation restricting Japanese immigration, the
>> beginnings of militant nationalism, and a trickle of
>> international press accounts of bad Japanese official behaviour
>> (especially of the anti-Korean pogroms), lets hope the same thing
>> doesn't happen again.
>> Quentin Turnour, Programmer,
>> Access, Research and Development
>> National Film and Sound Archive, Australia
>> McCoy Circuit, Acton,
>> ACT, 2601 AUSTRALIA
>> phone: +61 2 6248 2054 | fax: + 61 2 6249 8159
>> The National Film and Sound Archive collects, preserves and
>> provides access to Australia's historic and contemporary moving
>> image and recorded sound culture.
>> ReelDrew at aol.com
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>> the eerie silence on KineJapan is maddening!
>> I have been a member of KineJapan for the last ten years. I joined
>> originally out of a need to obtain translations of the intertitles
>> of Japanese silents on VHS in my collection. I am very grateful to
>> those members on KineJapan who aided me and made it possible for me
>> to, among other things, write an article on Hiroshi Shimizu that is
>> published on Midnight Eye.
>> Since then, I have regularly received almost daily the messages
>> that have been posted here. In all honesty, a large number--perhaps
>> the majority, in fact--have been of limited interest to me inasmuch
>> as they tend to deal with contemporary Japanese films. Consistent
>> with my enthusiasm for films in other countries, including my own,
>> produced in earlier decades, it is my interest in the Japanese
>> cinema of the past, especially the films of the 1920s and 1930s,
>> that has been of consuming interest to me. Nevertheless, from time
>> to time issues involving those golden years do come up here.
>> However, whether or not the topic has been of particular interest
>> to me, I have always valued the fact that KineJapan has always been
>> there, an extremely valuable resource to be consulted when needed.
>> Never before since I've been here did this group shut down.
>> Certainly, it was very active right through the events of 9/11 as
>> were other film discussion groups in which I participated.
>> Since the tragic events that began a week ago, though, this place
>> has suddenly turned into a ghost town. Aside from a very limited
>> amount of p
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