Islands / I Lands
—Cinemas in Exile
  • The Sorceress of Dirah
  • Meta Ekologi
  • Foreign Sky
  • each film . . . an island?
  • Accentuation
  • The Place Where I Live—and touch me
  • Reflection
  • Amami Film: In Memory of Miho-san
  • dolce . . .
  • Puppet Shaman Star
  • Promised Paradise
  • Order
  • Life on Distant Islands
  • The Struggle Against Endemic Diseases
  • At the End of the Arc: Yaeyama Islands

  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
  • Maria Rosalie Zerrudo
  • The Struggle Against Endemic Diseases

    (“Fudobyo to no tatakai”)

    - JAPAN / 1961 / Japanese / B&W / 16mm / 27 min

    Director, Photography: Kikuchi Shu
    Editing: Tanaka Matsuko
    Music: Manabe Riichiro
    Based on the book by: Sasa Manabu
    Producer, Script: Murayama Hideharu
    Production Company, Source: Sakura Motion Picture Co. Ltd. www.sakuraeiga.com

    This film was shot on Amami Oshima and Shikoku, and has a medical survey team illustrate the infection mechanism and measures in response to filariasis, a mosquito-borne disease. It captures the reality of islanders engaged in agriculture and weaving while suffering from elephantiasis and hydrocele testis, and urgently conveys the inadequacy of countermeasures. The form has changed, but medical treatment in remote areas remains a problem to this day.