When a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011, the impact was devastating. Mother Nature crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which released radiation, forcing residents to evacuate their homes.
The catastrophic effects of the disaster are chronicled in a powerful new documentary, Nuclear Nation. The film shows the full devastation, much of which was not initially reported by the media. More than 1,400 people were evacuated, crops were ruined, livestock was killed, businesses were destroyed, and homes—still contaminated by radiation a year later— were abandoned.
Nearby towns were declared evacuation zones, and members of the community were forced to relocate to an abandoned four-story high school indefinitely. Residents were allowed to return to their towns for just two hours to visit the site of the destruction. The became refugees.
The trailer reveals a very human and personal film, documenting the plight of the exiled residents following the disaster and chronicling their battle to get their lives back.
Award-winning director Atsushi Funahashi, best known for his 2009 film, Deep in the Valley, directed the documentary.
Nuclear Nation premieres in limited release Dec. 11.