Monday, March 04, 2013

Remembering the March 11, 2011 disaster

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
Tokyo, Japan

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Please listen to and share my song tribute to the people of Fukushima and the March 11, 2011 disaster. Are there any more documentaries being made where this song could be included? Thank you!