This animated story is about Abita. It is also the story of 36,000 children in Fukushima who can’t play outside because of the radioactivity.
Graduate Thesis film by Shoko Hara and Paul Brenner.
Shoko Hara was born in Okayama/Japan and moved to Germany in 1998.
Shoko Hara: We used only japanese symbolism in our film. Dragonfly represents at first the japanese island, because of its form. Dragonfly also symbolizes hope, perspective, dream, energy in Japan and it unites all the natural elements like water, earth and air. This was destroyed in children with the Fukushima desaster, they don’t have any perspectives for their future. Furthermore dragonflies in Japan are carriers of fertility. The dragonfly represents the innerworld of the child, that it wants to be free in nature, but it can’t. Dragonfly is a popular symbol in Japan.
Best Animated Film, International Uranium Filmfestival, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
Special Mention, Back-up Filmfestival, Weimar, 2013