02.03.2012

CHILDREN OF THE TSUNAMI

ONE YEAR AFTER THE DISASTER: IN DAN REED’S GRIPPING DOCUMENTARY, CHILDREN PORTRAY THEIR TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES FROM THE REGION OF FUKUSHIMA.


Documentary by Dan Reed

80 minutes

First German broadcast: March 5th, Das Erste

Editor: Gudrun El Ghomri (SWR)

Over the weekend of March 11th 2011, Japan experienced an apocalyptic event - a massive earthquake that triggered a destructive tsunami and the nuclear disaster of Fukushima.

This triple impact destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of families in the Tohoku region, a stunning landscape of rolling hills and sandy beaches.

The impact and consequences of this disaster are most devastating for the children. The deadly wave surprised them from their school classrooms. Not only did it snatch up their homes, but also their friends and families. 

The children, who were evacuated from the nuclear reactor explosion, had to face losing their homes. Though these houses seemed intact, they would no longer be accessible for many decades or perhaps forever. But even more so, they had to face the impact of the radiation upon their world. 

In Dan Reed’s documentary, surviving children in the ages of seven to ten years old describe how they escaped the deadly wave and how the tsunami-triggered nuclear disaster of Fukushima changed their lives forever.

"Children of the Tsunami" is an international coproduction of Renegade Pictures, London, and Ventana-Film on behalf of the SWR.


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