Biwako: A Documentary on the Environment in Japan

Biwako: A Documentary on the Environment in Japan

Following the flow of water from melted ice, the documentary journeys from the mountain forests of Harihata near Kyoto in Japan to the rice fields of Mukugawa valley, where a group of fellows from the Asian Public Intellectuals (API) gathers to research on local responses to ecological challenges. Meeting local residents, one character stands out, Tetsuya Imakita, a forest steward, whose beliefs and practices in preserving the natural forest offers valuable insights not only toward forest management but to human survival as well. Establishing soma no kai, a cooperative movement to manage the forest, Imakita-san advocates for forest biodiversity to counter the adverse effects of the state-instituted policy of mono-cropping that has only forced wild animals to leave the inner forest, or okuyama, and has caused an imbalance in the local forest biosphere that may be hard to reverse.

Biwako: A Documentary on the Environment in Japan

Synopsis

Following the flow of water from melted ice, the documentary journeys from the mountain forests of Harihata near Kyoto in Japan to the rice fields of Mukugawa valley, where a group of fellows from the Asian Public Intellectuals (API) gathers to research on local responses to ecological challenges. Meeting local residents, one character stands out, Tetsuya Imakita, a forest steward, whose beliefs and practices in preserving the natural forest offers valuable insights not only toward forest management but to human survival as well. Establishing soma no kai, a cooperative movement to manage the forest, Imakita-san advocates for forest biodiversity to counter the adverse effects of the state-instituted policy of mono-cropping that has only forced wild animals to leave the inner forest, or okuyama, and has caused an imbalance in the local forest biosphere that may be hard to reverse.

Description

Japan42012/Digital Documentary/63 mins/English Narration w/subtitles

Sc/D: Nick Deocampo;
EP: The Nippon Foundation, Tatsuya Tanami, API Regional Committee;
AP: Yeoh Seng Guan; PM: Dicky Sofjan;
C: Nick Deocampo, Nana Buxani, Kaori Fushiki, Inoue Hajime;
E: TJ Tan;
SE: Nick Deocampo;
N/ASc: Motoko Shimagami;
M: Jeff Hernandez;
CGI: Roy Dadivas

Key Subject Areas:
Climate Change, Environment, Forest Management, Indigenous Knowledge, Japan, Mono-cropping, Nature, Water Resources