We Are All Radioactive is an online
crowdfunded episodic documentary
about a group of surfers rallying
to rebuild Japan after the March
2011 earthquake and tsunami. Watch Previous Episodes Join the conversation on Facebook!
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?
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.
An American woman who works as a herbalist
in Sendai. When the tsunami hit Motoyoshi, her favorite
surf spot, she drove out to the coast and enrolled
local surfers and fishermen in
A reggae-loving local surfer who has been living in a
container-style shack since his house was swept away by
the tsunami. He thinks the tsunami is a message from
nature that mankind has taken things too far.
A humanitarian worker determined to uncover
the truth about radiation, even if it means putting his own
safety at risk. His wife is pregnant with their second child.
An eccentric collective of multimedia artists from Tokyo that
took on several risky art projects in the months immediately
following the radiation disaster, including a trip to the
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
We Are All Radioactive is an innovative experiment in
online filmmaking that integrates storytelling, fundraising,
Fundraising is a key component of the project.
Episodes will only air as they get funded.
As the series evolves, we'll introduce new features on
our web site: new characters, radiation maps, community
engagement tools, and much more.
During our investigative reporting phase, many
people — from the local organic farmer to the
prime minister's nuclear advisor — told us they
really wanted a neutral third party to facilitate
conversations among them so they could discuss
what's best for Japan's future. We want to be
that neutral third party.
Our easy-to-navigate bilingual web interface
makes We Are All Radioactive accessible to
everyone. We're combining the power of film
with the ubiquity of the Internet to give the
people of Motoyoshi a voice devoid of
the fear mongering of the mainstream
See us on Boing Boing, Laughing Squid, Wired Japan, The Atlantic Online, Right This Minute, Stoke Report, Pop Up Magazine, Inhabitat, Scuttlefish, Global Voices and more.
Lisa is a journalist who writes about Japanese culture for Wired,
Boing Boing, The New York Times Magazine, and NPR. She's spoken
publicly about Japanese culture at major conferences in Japan,
Singapore, and the US. She's best known online for the
award-nominated blog TokyoMango and for founding the design
thinking boot camp The Tofu Project.
Jason Wishnow is the filmmaker behind TEDTalks, the award
winning video series watched over 700 million times. Wishnow
works at the intersection of film and emerging technology and has
been called an “online-video virtuoso” (New York Times, 2009), the
“enfant terrible of digital film” (The Guardian, 2000), and one of
the ten most influential digital filmmakers of 1999 (RES Magazine).
Yuko is a bilingual Japanese/English editor and cinematographer. In
the past year, she has worked on two documentaries, Mrs. Judo and
The Power of Two, which was showcased at DocFest and
won the audience award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2011.
Originally from Nagoya, she's an experienced diver who aspires to
be Japan's greatest female ocean explorer.
Alex is the founder of BAFTA award-winning boutique editing
company Axworks. As well as directing, producing, and editing
human rights and environmental projects through Axworks, Alex has
carried on his freelance work, cutting a variety of documentaries and
features with creative agencies and clients including TED, Amnesty
International, and the BBC.
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Nagisa Konno, Ken Miura, Hiro Nagaike, Tomo Saito,
Kazuya Satou, Autumn Ness Taira, Yuji Taira
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