Scene from the film Abandoned Land
Scene from the film Abandoned Land
Scene from the film Abandoned Land
Scene from the film Abandoned Land
Scene from the film Abandoned Land

Abandoned Land

  • Belgium

In the evacuated zone around the nuclear plant of Fukushima, five years after the catastrophe, the village of Tomioka is still abandoned and empty of its five thousand inhabitants. A few rare individuals still live there, however, pacing a land burning with radiation. Matsumura san, along with his old father, takes care of animals abandoned in the wake of the nuclear accident. He was the first and the only person to refuse the order to evacuate. In his own way, by turning his life into a symbol and a testimony, he is militating for a denuclearized world.


  • Original Title
    La terre abandonnée
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Gilles Laurent
  • Cinematography
    Laurent Fenart
  • Editing
    Marie-Hélène Mora
  • Sound
    Nicolas Joly, Gilles Benardeau
  • Runtime
    73 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Belgium
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • FIDMarseille 2016
    • FIFF Namur 2016
    • FIFA Amiens 2016
    • RISC Marseille 2016
    • IDFA Amsterdam 2016
  • Awards
    • FIFA Amiens 2016 - Prix du meilleur documentaire
    • RISC Marseille 2016 - Grand Prix catégorie moyens et longs métrages is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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