WE ARE ALL RADIOACTIVE is a brand new online documentary film project created by TokyoMango blogger Lisa Katayama and TED film director Jason Wishnow. It’s about surfers rebuilding northern Japan after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
In the summer of 2011, a few months after the quake, the crew went to Japan to shoot interviews with locals, anti-nuclear activists, and global experts on radiation. Four video cameras were also given to the locals so they could film their experience through their own lens while the crew was not there.
About the film project:
A year after the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear explosion trifecta hit northeastern Japan last March, 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 our children die prematurely of cancer? Can we ever trust the government again?
In the summer of 2011, a few months after the quake, our film crew befriended a group of surfers based in Motoyoshi — a small coastal town 100 miles north of Fukushima. Living in tents pitched on one of the only unaffected patches of land in town, these surfer-turned-activists are rallying to get a multi-generational community of fishermen and farmers back on their feet.
In Japan, we shot interviews with locals, anti-nuclear activists, and global experts on radiation. We also gave waterproof video cameras to the residents of Motoyoshi, so they can film their experience through their own lens while we’re not there. The result is a series of beautiful and informative vignettes that get more up close and intimate than an ordinary film crew could ever get.
We Are All Radioactive combines technology, entertainment, and solid investigative journalism to provide answers to fundamental questions about radiation and the complexities of disaster response on both a political and sociological level.
Our footage also touches on the work of Architecture for Humanity, Greenpeace, Surfrider Foundation, and Safecast — all major global non-profits dedicated to helping Japan respectively with post-earthquake reconstruction, human and environmental rights, water safety, and radiation monitoring.
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