2020 | Japan | Documentary,Feature

MINAMATA Mandala

  • Japanese 372 mins
  • Director | Hara Kazuo
  • Producer | Kobayashi Sachiko

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An epic tale of struggle and commitment. Shot over 15 years, Hara Kazuo’s film documents the arduous legal and medical battles endured by the residents of Minamata, a city in southern Japan whose name has become synonymous with the infamous neurological disease. Sixty years since industrial wastewater from a chemical factory caused an outbreak of severe mercury poisoning, Minamata patients and their families continue to fight for legal recognition and compensation.

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