The documentary is about Chiho Sato, a Japanese filmmaker who was living in France when the 3/11 earthquake hit her hometown of Fukushima. Her family lives in the “The Voluntary Evacuation Zone,” 37 miles away from TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company)’s Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. Amid the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant had a core meltdown, resulting in a catastrophic nuclear accident. In her family’s area, nobody talked about the disaster. It was considered forbidden and divisive. Sato, along with her husband, filmmaker Lucas Rue, made an intimate portrait about the unspoken fears and concerns of living in a place that is so close to the worst nuclear meltdown in modern history.
Released in 2017, The Silent Voices has been screened at various film festivals around the world and it has garnered numerous awards along the way. It’s required viewing. There’s no other existing film on the subject quite like this. Tomorrow, March 9, it will be screening in Fukushima at 1:30pm. Click the link for further details.
Below, the film can be rented and streamed online.