On March 11th, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck Japan at an unprecedented 9.0 on the Richter scale. And just as the quake subsided, a 15 metre high tsunami destroyed rushed ashore destroying countless towns and causing the deaths of 16,000 people.
In Fukushima, another disaster was taking place as the Daiichi nuclear power plant lost power and went into meltdown.
The world watched as clean up teams raced against time to evacuate citizens devastated by the tsunami and now had to prevent the four reactors’ toxic waste from spilling into the ocean. Fukushima remains the worst nuclear disaster of the century, but an international effort to clean up the area took place and now the focus of Landed Entertainments’s new doc.
Fukushima Rain is a new documentary, currently in pre-production, from Toronto-based Landed Entertainments. The film tells of the international effort to contain the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
“This is a very international story,” Jacob Michale Hanania, a director working with Landed Entertainments said. “A lot of people from a lot of different countries worked on cleaning up the Fukushima reactor. I’m hoping that the human story behind the people who tried to fix reactor will get out.”
Landed Entertainments is a multi-faceted production company in Toronto. The studio has expanded into TV and music videos and has worked with international recording artists in North America, Europe, and Asia. They have also done a lot of work in Japan and created videos for various pop stars like “Sunsine” and “Sakura”.
“The story of Fukushima was a huge topic. It was in newspapers everywhere and there’s a good environmental message there,” Hanania said.
As part of their efforts to help raise awareness of the environmental impact of the disaster, the studio held an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for Gift Hope, a non-profit organization based in Fukushima.
The t-shirt fundraising campaign would help children affected by the evacuation and the campaign successfully reached its goal in mid-September. According to Hanania, they received a lot of positive reactions to the campaign and for the newly proposed documentary.
The studio is currently making the film and don’t have a release date set.