On March 13, 2011, two days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I described the situation in Tokyo in an open letter to my friends and family (HERE). I posted it along with a short documentary about panic buying and the following explanation:
I simply couldn’t stay inside today and just watch the news coverage, so I took my brother-in-law’s advice: I took my camera outside to see what was happening in my neighbourhood. The result is (this) ten-minute video about “panic buying”.
I could never have imagined at the time that this would be the first in a series of short documentaries that would eventually evolve into two feature films documenting the nuclear crises in Fukushima spanning the following two years.
As the two-year anniversary of the March 11 disaster approaches, I find myself reflecting on how it all unfolded. As part of this reflection, I have re-visited my early documentaries and edited them together to see how my journey began.
The short films that I made during the first ten days of the crises document the path I took trying to understand the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. Re-examining this journey is helping me to understand where to go from here; for although we move forward, we must not forget from where it is that we began.
Ian Thomas Ash
March 4, 2013