Nuclear Nation

Nuclear Nation

Government workers bow to residents of Futaba, Japan as they return to their town for the first time after the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and ensuing nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, as seen in NUCLEAR NATION, a film by Atsushi Funahashi, a First Run Features release.

Nuclear Nation

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Nuclear Nation (2012/2013)

Opened: 12/11/2013 Limited

Film Forum/NYC12/11/2013 - 12/17/20137 days

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Genre: Documentary (Japanese w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


March 11, 2011: A huge tsunami triggered by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hits Japan, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, releasing radiation, and turning the residents of Futaba into "nuclear refugees." The devastation experienced by the town -- dead livestock left to rot, crops abandoned, homes and businesses destroyed -- was infinitely worse than anything reported by the newspapers. A year later, many refugees are still unable to return to contaminated homes. The irony of this disaster occurring in a nation that experienced two nuclear bombs is not lost on the victims who poignantly question their responsibility for striking a Faustian bargain with nuclear power. Nuclear Nation examines a tragedy in miniature, but also suggests that it could one day be replicated on a grand scale -- perhaps in your own backyard.