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Directed by Atsushi Funahashi

Japan 2015 114 mins.

Funahashi’s initial film, NUCLEAR NATION (2012), movingly followed a year in the life of refugees from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Compelled to follow up with a longer-term chronicle of the impact of the earthquake and its ensuing tragedy, his new film provides a sober look at the lingering realities of thousands of people displaced from their homes and the radioactivity still spreading throughout Fukushima prefecture and beyond. Through Funahashi’s lens, we see town hall meetings and hear from locals still affected by the lagging cleanup and decontamination efforts—but Funahashi spares no one as he highlights the rampant infighting obstructing relief efforts. A vital document of a massive catastrophe with no end in sight.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Japanese Currents

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