Paul Johanessen

The full ramifications of the aftermath of the disaster that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011 will take decades to unfold. Having shifted from the initial visceral drama to a more long-term, almost invisible threat, there is a real risk that the situations faced by residents of Fukushima Prefecture will simply vanish from the radar screens of the world's media (or, in the case of Japanese media, remain non-existent). To this day, as a result of the meltdowns, children can't play outside, families are breaking up, and women are even having abortions for fear of genetic damage to their unborn children. Hope is hard to come by in Fukushima.

However, after meeting a group of outspoken local women, we were compelled to capture their spirit and stories. These Japanese women, traditionally shy and quiet, have taken their anger, anxiety, frustration and loss of hope, and turned it into a rallying call to move forward to change Japan and the world into a safer place for our children. Their resilience and honesty in the face of the Japanese government's lies and complacency compelled us to provide a platform for them to speak their minds. The results surprise, shock and inspire.

Our motivation for making this film was to ensure that the world could witness the honesty and courage of these women who have dared to speak up, while others have remained silent.

Japan, 2012, 27 min, OmU, Englische Untertitel, Deutsche Erstaufführung Kugi Productions Seltene Aufnahmen aus dem Inneren der radioaktiv verseuchten Sperrzone und sechs japanische Frauen, die ungeschönt über Vertuschungen und Unwahrheiten über Fukushima berichten und darüber wie der Reaktorunfall ihr Leben verändert hat. Preisträger des Social Impact Media Awards 2013. Women of Fukushima - Site