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About the Webdoc

Beyond the Cloud Yonaoshi 3.11 is a webdocumentary and full-length film about Japan post Fukushima and the triple disaster of March 11 2011 (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear accident). It is based on interviews conducted by Keiko Courdy during 2011 and 2012, both with residents of the devastated areas, but also with a range of leading Japanese public figures: artists, activists, a monk, writers, investigative journalists, the erstwhile Prime Minister at the time of the accident…

We all have much to learn from what is happening. Japan is a laboratory, Fukushima a parallel world. Some say that all is fine, that everything is under control. Others pretend not to see, and prefer to forget. But today, nothing is resolved. The trauma of the tsunami and the nuclear accident remains. Reconstruction is progressing slowly. In 2012, 343,000 people were still living in temporary housing, around 100,00 of whom were in Fukushima. The threat of radioactivity is ever present, with contaminated food, the first symptoms of disease and repeated earthquakes around the stricken nuclear plant.

Might this not be the opportunity to start anew, with a more healthy approach in our relationship to the world, the environment and energy production? Many dream of this. But is it possible? Can we change our behavour? Will the Japanese be able to change, or persuade us to change? And if so, how? Contrary to appearances and the impotence felt by many, the change is profound. Throughout Japan, individual people are standing up and fighting against this inertia. In exploring this Webdoc, perhaps you too will be inspired to take part in this change.


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Risa YAMADA
High School student from Minami-Soma (17years old)

NAOTO KAN
Ex Prime Minister of Japan (2010-2011)

GENYU Sokyu
Zen Priest, Writer



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The movie

BEYOND THE CLOUD °Yonaoshi 3.11 霧の向こう
France, Japan / 2013 / 1 hour 41 minutes

Overwhelmed by the events of 11 March 2011, the French director Keiko Courdy left immediately for Japan, where she would spend more than a year talking to its people. On arrival, she hired a car, travelling far and wide to meet the residents of the stricken areas; mothers, children, farmers… Many people are still living in areas with high radioactive contamination. In order to try to understand, she also interviewed many public figures active in Japanese society since the triple disaster; artists, writers, a monk who is part of the Reconstruction Commission, investigative journalists, the erstwhile prime minister at the time of the accident… Their compelling testimonies highlight the contradictions and movements in a society that is recovering from massive trauma. We all have much to learn from what is happening. Many people dream of a « Yonaoshi », a « renewal », but is it possible? Can we change our behavior, and begin anew with a more healthy approach in our relationship to the world, the environment? Contrary to appearances and the impotence felt by many, the change is profound. Throughout Japan, individual people are taking a stance against the prevailing inertia.

Contact & Crédits

A Franco-Japanese co-production
KI / Keiko Courdy
Contact

Support for shooting and post-production
Montage Inc, Tokyo

Web interface
Lomitko