“We weren’t affected by the earthquake, and yet we lose everything. I just feel so angry. I just want to be a normal farmer here. Raise kids like everyone else. Send them to kindergarden and grade school, in a normal environment”. Shingo Okano, Iitate farmer (source: NHK – YouTube).
Enquête sur une supercatastrophe nucléaire (Investigating a nuclear supercatastrophe) is a 52 min lenght German documentary film on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. The film attempts to shed light on what happened in Units 1 to 4 of the plant. It also analyzes the crisis management of the Japanese and international nuclear lobby.
Michael Mueller, Peter F. Müller and Philipp Abrech, Fukushima – Die Wahrheit hinter dem Super GAU. ARTE, March 6, 2012 (French and German).
Un an après, le Japon bouleversé (A year later, Japan upset) is a French web documentary on the Japan’s disaster a year later.
Guillaume Bresson and Marie Linton, France 24/Sciences et Avenir, March, 2012 (French).
A documentary film written, produced and directed by Dan Edge on the crisis inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. The director talks about the film in an interview with Mark McDonald.
Dan Edge, Frontline/PBS, February 28, 2012.
The results of surveys conducted over several months by a group of independent researchers into the sea, in a mountain lake, in two rivers and into the Tokyo Bay, are recounted in “Unknown news on radioactive contamination of the sea”, a 49 min lenght special documentary by the Japanese public television NHK (Japanese NHK page).
NHK, via Dailymotion, January 15, 2012 (Japanese).
In this special documentary, Japanese public TV NHK interviewed more than 200 people including government and TEPCO officials, experts, and engineers. Some of the rather candid comments confirm that TEPCO, nor the Japanese government where adequately prepared for a disaster of this magnitude.
Since it is blocked on YouTube, this 1 hour video is split into 4 parts and hosted on Dailymotion: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.
NHK World via Nippon-Sekai, June 14, 2011 (English and Japanese, subtitles in English).
This NHK special documentary is a summary of the 2 months of collaboration between scientists Shinzo Kimura e Masaharu Okano to mapping the radiation emitted by the Fukushima nuclear power plant 1 (Daiichi). Masaharu Okano is an expert and pioneer in radiation research and Shinzo Kimura specializing in radiation hygiene.
NHK World, YouTube, May 2011 (in English and Japanese with subtitles in English) or mirror site: Nippon-Sekai.
In this short documentary VBS.TV follows the Canadian photographer Donald Weber in the exclusion zone while attempting to document the ongoing nuclear crisis. Weber also speaks about Chernobyl and on his photographic practice.
vbs.tv, April 20, 2011 (in English with subtitles in Spanish).
On March 11, 2011, the fourth largest earthquake ever recorded crippled Japan and triggered a massive tsunami that swallowed entire communities, leaving an unprecedented catastrophe in its wake. NGC presents a powerful look at Japan’s disaster.
National Geografic Channel, April, 2011.
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Header image: Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, March 12, 2011. Photo by Steve Herman. Source: Wikimedia Commons.