HD - 2012 - Japan - 145min - Color
Nuclear Nation (original title)
A film by Atsushi Funahashi
A documentary about the exile of Futaba's residents, the region housing the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The day after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011, Futaba locals heard the hydrogen explosion at Reactor Number 1 and were showered with nuclear fallout. In response, the Japanese government designated the whole town as an "exclusion zone" and 1,400 of the town's residents fled to an abandoned high school 250 kilometers away. The entire community, including the Town Hall office, was moved into the four-story building, making the residents nuclear refugees.
The film portrays the evacuees as the nuclear disaster situation changes over time.
Atsushi Funahashi was born in Osaka, Japan, and graduated from Tokyo University with a B.A. in cinema studies. He moved to New York in 1997 and studied film directing at the School of Visual Arts. His debut feature echoes (2001) was well received by critics and film festivals, winning three jury and audience awards at Annonay International Film Festival in France. The film has been theatrically distributed in the USA and Japan. His second film, Big River (2006), starring Jo Odagiri, was selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market and PPP (Pusan Promotion Plan) at its project stage. Produced by Office Kitano, the film was shown at various film festivals (including Berlin, Pusan, Karlovy Vary, Sao Paolo, and Shanghai) and was released worldwide by Celluloid Dreams Director's Label. Funahashi has also directed several HDTV documentaries on social issues and New York ethnic culture for NHK, Japan’s public broadcasting network. One of these documentaries, "For the Joyful Moment of Life" (2005), won a Telly Award. Funahashi moved back to Tokyo in 2007 and has started directing films in Japan.
2012: Nuclear Nation
2009: Deep in the Valley
2005: Big River
Original language: Japanese
Produced by: Big River Films & Documentary Japan
First Run Features (USA)
Berlin International Film Festival 2012 - FORUM SECTION
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012- Documentary Competition
Filmambiente - International Environmental Film Festival 2012 – Competiton Section
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2012 - Mostra Meio Ambiente Section
Doclisboa - Lisbon International Documentary Film Festival 2012 – Research Section
VIENNALE - Vienna International Film Festival 2012 – Special screening
Festival dei Popoli - Florence International Documentary Film Festival 2012 – Special Screening (Nov)
Fajr International Film Festival 2013