1 year later.

A year after the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear explosion trifecta hit northeastern Japan on 3/11/2011, many small towns along the northeast coast of Japan are still struggling with the same unanswered questions…

Is our food safe? Is our water safe? Can I sell my fish and vegetables at the market? Will my children die prematurely of cancer? Can we ever trust the government again?

Our search for
answers.

We follow a group of surfers and fishermen based in
Motoyoshi, a coastal town 100 miles north of Fukushima,
as they try to find answers. We shot half the footage;
the other half was filmed by the locals themselves.

Through interviews with locals, anti-nuclear activists,
and global experts on radiation, we provide answers
to fundamental questions about radiation and the
complexities of disaster response on both a
political and sociological level.

Meet The Characters


We sent waterproof cameras to
the residents of Motoyoshi so they
can film their experience through
their own lens while we’re not there.


Explore the timeline of Japan’s Bipolar Nuclear History

  • The United States drops
    atomic bombs on
    Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
    killing nearly a quarter
    million people.
  • Japan enacts the Atomic
    Energy Basic Law,
    limiting use of nuclear
    technology to peaceful
    purposes.
  • The Soviet Union, the United
    States, Japan, and
    the European Union form
    the International
    Thermonuclear Experimental
    Reactor Project.
  • TEPCO (Tokyo Electric
    Power Company) admits to
    falsifying safety reports at its
    plants for more than two
    decades. The Chairman and
    President resign.
  • Japan reaches 54
    commercial
    nuclear reactors.
  • Only two of 54
    nuclear reactors
    in Japan are
    operational.

  • A Japanese tuna boat called
    the Lucky Dragon No. 5 is
    showered with radiation
    after the US tests a hydrogen
    bomb on Bikini Atoll. All the
    fish were sold.
  • Japan’s first commercial
    nuclear power plant begins
    operation.
  • Fast breeder reactor Monju is
    shut down due to a sodium leak
    and fire. The government alters a video
    of the accident and continues to
    devote resources to developing
    plutonium-based reactors.
  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake
    causes a fire in the
    Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant,
    which was constructed on
    top of an active fault. 1200
    liters of radioactive water
    wash out to sea.
  • A magnitude 9.0 earthquake
    triggers a tsunami that hits
    four nuclear power stations.
    Japan declares nuclear
    emergency. Radioactive material
    flows into the ocean.

Our collective knowledge about nuclear safety is, in many ways, as simplistic and naive as
the way we understood weather a century ago…