Scene from the film Furusato
Scene from the film Furusato
Scene from the film Furusato
Scene from the film Furusato
Scene from the film Furusato
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A small town in Fukushima’s exclusion zone searches for normalcy after the world’s largest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. A teen rocker, a media-savvy activist, a conflicted TEPCO engineer, and a female horse breeder cope with the loss of their homes and the unseen danger of radiation. Each faces a crucial decision: to stay or to go? Furusato, or hometown, is an unsettling portrait of daily life amid an ongoing cataclysm, one with repercussions far beyond Japan’s shores. Having explored the region during the four years following the disaster, director Thorsten Trimpop reveals a way of life that has taken hold amid tremendous uncertainty and risk, in a place rarely seen and often misunderstood. Culminating in a samurai horse race with a thousand-year tradition, the film offers a space to reflect on the larger issues of progress, its untold sacrifices, and the true cost of the way we live today.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Thorsten Trimpop
  • Editing
    Stefan Oliveira-Pita
  • Music
    Benedikt Schiefer
  • Sound
    Björn Wiese
  • Runtime
    90 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • DOK Leipzig 2016
    • Vienna International Film Festival, Austria 2016
    • DocPoint Helsinki, Finland 2017
    • Globale Mittelhessen, Germany 2017
    • FICG – Festival International de Cine en Guadalajara Film Festival, Mexico 2017
    • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan/USA 2017
    • Achtung Berlin 2017
    • Festival do Rio, Brazil 2017
    • International Festival Signes de Nuits, Argentina 2018
    • Trento Film Festival, Italy 2018
  • Awards
    • DOK Leipzig, Golden Dove in the German Competition, Germany 2016
    • Achtung Berlin – New Berlin Film Award, Germany 2017 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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