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Project of the Day: “Surviving Japan” Takes a Look at Tsunami Aftermath

Project of the Day: "Surviving Japan" Takes a Look at Tsunami Aftermath

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“Surviving Japan”

Tweetable Logline:

Inside story of 2011 Japanese Tsunami relief & nuclear crisis from Volunteer and Director Chris Noland

Elevator Pitch:

Inside story of 2011 Japanese Tsunami relief & nuclear crisis.  

A critical look at how the authorities handled the nuclear crisis and Tsunami relief by an American who volunteered in the clean-up.

It is in short, a documentary of the devastating events in Japan and the after-math that followed. It features true stories from those affected by the disaster, the government and even TEPCO. It highlights the struggle in dealing with: The Tsunami clean-up, lack of Government response to the disaster, radiation plus the future of nuclear power after the accident, a possible Cover-up of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear disaster.

Production Team:

Director/Producer/Camera/Editor: Chris Noland.

About the Production:

“I was a volunteer in the Tsunami Clean-up, food and aid delivery when the disaster happened. I was inspired to make a film about the events when it was clear people were not getting enough help or answers. 

“People are unaware that even today, there is still a major problem in Fukushima and Japan. It has dropped from the headlines to be buried. The people of Japan have been left in the dark only facing opposition when trying to get the truth. People are still living in contaminated areas without proper education about it. The truth is covered up.” — Chris Noland

Current Status:


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