VIFF 2014: The Horses of Fukushima a thought-provoking doc

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      The Horses of Fukushima (Japan)  

      Matsubayashi Yoju entered the exclusion zone in Fukushima to document the eye-opening fate of 29 horses that survived the 2011 tsunami disaster. The skittish animals, which are treated for trauma, malnutrition, and other ailments by a team of handlers, are caught within government control and city management. Officials don’t want their irradiated bodies to enter the horse-meat market, yet they’re kept alive to participate in a 1,000-year-old horse festival. With minimal explanations and an emphasis on visuals, many questions go unanswered. But the film remains a thought-provoking view of multiple issues from animal ownership to nuclear power, particularly in light of the paucity and ambiguity of information about the region.

      Cinematheque, September 29 (10 a.m.) and October 1 (9:30 p.m.) 

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