Title: TOKYO: Japanese disaster films highlight victims’ stories
Author: YURI KAGEYAMA
Date: Feb. 27, 2013
[.... a] flurry of independent films inspired by Japan’s March 2011 catastrophe that tell stories of regular people who became overnight victims – stories the creators feel are being ignored by mainstream media and often silenced by the authorities.
[...] What’s striking is that many of the works convey a prevailing message: The political, scientific and regulatory establishment isn’t telling the whole truth about the nuclear disaster. And much of the public had been in the past ignorant and uncaring about Fukushima.
And so the films were needed, the auteurs say. The people leading Japan were too evasive about the true consequences of the multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant – minimizing people’s suffering, playing down health risks and shrugging off accountability for past go-go pro-nuclear government policies. [...]
The outburst of post-disaster filmmaking includes Americans living in or visiting Japan, such as “Surviving Japan,” by Christopher Noland, “Pray for Japan,” by Stuart Levy, and “In the Grey Zone” and “A2″ by Ian Thomas Ash. [...]
Published: February 27th, 2013 at 11:35 am ET