The severe earthquake in the sea near Sendai on 11 March 2011, measuring 9 on the Moment Magnitude Scale, caused the death of tens of thousands Japanese people. It also caused severe damage to parts of the Fukushima I nuclear power station. As a result, radioactive material was released into the atmosphere. What consequences did this have for the Japanese population?
In this experimental documentary, the makers travel through the history of nuclear energy in general and that of Japan in particular. With the aid of interviews, old public information films, newsreel items and jerky shots of disasters, questions are answered and new questions posed.
How great is the radioactivity as described? How is it measured? Why have parts of Japan emptied and why do the inhabitants who remain behind live like high-class laboratory rats? And what does it say about a government which exposes its citizens to this danger?

Filmmaker
The Otolith Group
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2012
Medium
DCP
Length
64’
Language
English
Producer
The Otolith Group
Sales
LUX
Writer
The Otolith Group
Cinematography
Sebastian Mayer
Editor
Simon Arazi
Sound Design
The Otolith Group, Simon Arazi, Tyler Friedman
Music
Tyler Friedman
Cast
Atsuhiro Ito
Website
http://www.otolithgroup.org