To Live, To Tell
To Live, To Tell

To Live, To Tell

2016  |  46 Min

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  • Cast: Yoshihiro Yamashita, Ayako Shimoda, Yuji Onitsuka, Yukimi Kuramoto, Dr. Hiroshi Miura, Yuji Kaneko
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Minamata disease was first discovered in Minamata city in Japan in 1956. It was caused by the release of methylmercury-tainted wastewater into Minamata Bay by the Chisso Corporation's chemical factory. This chemical accumulated & biomagnified in the fish in Minamata Bay, and when this was eaten by the local population, it resulted in mercury poisoning. While cat, dog, pig & human deaths continued for 36 years, the government & company did little to prevent the epidemic. Three survivors of Japan’s first industrial disease tell their stories- of losing almost everything, and yet persevering to live.

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