Monday, October 19, 2015

Listening to the "Little Voices from Fukushima"
Director Hitomi Kamanaka Visits UCLA

 On Monday, October 5, 2015, Director Hitomi Kamanaka visited UCLA to personally present her documentary “Little Voices from Fukushima” to the Los Angeles community. The documentary follows a number of families who are still living in Fukushima and coping with the aftereffects of the March 11, 2011 nuclear disaster. Director Kamanaka travels from Fukushima to Belarus, and through conversations with Belarussians who experienced similar challenges after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster shines a light on potential lessons that can be offered to not only the mothers of Fukushima, but to all of us living in the post-nuclear era. “Little Voices from Fukushima” gives voice to the fears and anxieties faced by the mothers who struggle to protect their children in an uncertain world, and encourages everyone to turn a more critical eye to the realities of nuclear power.

Director Kamanaka has been highlighting the dangers of nuclear power since before 2003, when she released her first documentary about radiation, “Hibakusha at the End of the World.” In her next two films, “Rokkasho Rhapsody” and “Ashes to Honey”, Director Kamanaka further delved into not only the controversies that surround nuclear power, but also the effect nuclear processing plants have on the communities where they are built.

For more information about Director Kamanaka and her work, please visit the following links:

Hitomi Kamanaka Official Website (Japanese)
“Little Voices from Fukushima” Official Website (Japanese and English)
“Little Voices from Fukushima” Trailer (Japanese)