SURVIVING THE TSUNAMI - MY ATOMIC AUNT

By Kyoko MIYAKE

FIRST HAND FILMS - as SALES All rights, World / PROD

Environmental - Completed 2013

Director Kyoko Miyake revisits Fukushima. She wants to find out the fate of her family's hometown Namie that used to be her childhood idyll with friendly beaches and laughing neighbours. Today, Namie is completely destroyed , because of the radiation threat, might never be rebuilt.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Environmental, Documentary
    • Countries
    • GERMANY, JAPAN
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, JAPANESE
    • Duration
    • 73 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kyoko MIYAKE
    • Producer(s)
    • Gregor STREIBER (Inselfilm)
    • Synopsis
    • The film introduces the present conflicts that the town faces through the eyes of Miyake’s aunt Kuniko, once a hyperactive businesswoman operating a wedding chapel, a funeral parlor and a bakery. Kuniko and her husband, like many other residents, have evacuated to an area just outside the exclusion zone, while waiting for the publication of a radiation map telling which areas of Namie will be soon safe to return to. The delay in the publication forces them to live in limbo, while being torn between the hope to return home and the need to move on with life. All three sons have moved away with their families from the region for fear of radiation. Should Kuniko stay to give the businesses another try or should they leave it all behind?
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