Minamata:The Victims and Their World (1972)

Film details

  • Director

    Noriaki Tsuchimoto

  • Country

    Japan

  • Year

    1972

  • Genre

    Documentary

  • Type

    Film

  • Category

    Non Fiction

Alternative titles

  • MINAMATA - KANJASAN TO SONO SEKAI Original
  • MINAMATA: KANJA-SAN TO SONO SEKAI Alternative
  • MINAMATA Alternative

Synopsis

Records the lives and sufferings of the people of the Japanese fishing village of Minamata, since the first outbreak in 1953 of a disease diagnosed as mercury poisoning, caused by the assimilation of inorganic mercury compounds discharged into the sea by industrial waste from a nearby aceto-aldehyde plant. Shows an unsuccessful attempt by local fishermen to break into the plant and stop production, and the gradual development of organised dissent.

Cast & Credits

Sight & Sound logo

The Greatest Films of All Time 2012

Voted for by 4 critics.

See who voted for Minamata:The Victims and Their World
 

Back to the top