Little Voices from Fukushima is a documentary film dedicated to Japanese mothers and children living in the post-meltdown world of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. In the course of telling their stories, Director Hitomi Kamanaka takes us to Belarus, where we learn from mothers who experienced the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 28 years ago.
On March 11, 2011, massive earthquakes hit the Tohoku area in northeastern Japan and caused the catastrophic meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. However, large numbers of families including children are still living in contaminated areas. The reasons they have not left are various: lack of the financial resources necessary to relocate, for example. Or, they may be the victims of government failure to provide appropriate instruction about the need for evacuation.
Director Hitomi Kamanaka realized that the people living in Belarus, still suffering the aftereffects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, had valuable lessons to offer. We stand at a turning point: we live in a time when all people face the problem of radiation exposure, and we who are adults have a special responsibility. To learn from the experiences of the people of Belarus can provide important knowledge for survival and for finding hope for the future.
Meet Director: HITOMI KAMANAKA
She is a Japanese documentary filmmaker and media activist who has been working on nuclear power and radiation issues for two decades.
Studied at the National Film Board of Canada and then worked as a media activist at Paper Tiger in New York. After returning to Japan, she directed many documentaries for TV. Her fourth film, HIBAKUSHA—At the End of the World, was released in the US. A frequent guest speaker at events throughout Japan, especially after Fukushima, she has traveled widely to present her major work, Ashes to Honey —Toward a Sustainable Future.
- “HIBAKUSHA—At the End of the World”(2003)
- “Rokkasho Rhapsody”(2006)
- “Ashes to Honey —Toward a Sustainable Future”(2010)
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“Little Voices from Fukushima” Staff Credit
Director : Hitomi Kamanaka
Producer : Shukichi Koizumi
Photographer : Makiko Iwata
Mix : Koichi Kawasaki
Editor : Ryo Aoki
Music : Shing02
Production : BunBun Films
Distribution : Bun Bun Films
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