The Disaster through Television Documentary
Television has played a significant role in documentaries made about the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, but the names of those who make them are rarely known to us. A group was founded called Michidoki no kai, to learn about those working on local television in the disaster areas. Such people come from a different perspective than individual documentary makers; after all, they, along with their viewers, are the ones that experienced the effects of the disaster first-hand. They discuss their thoughts and experiences with each other.
- Kasai Chiaki (Director, Life—Another Story of Fukushima)
Ono Daisuke, Momozaki Mitsuharu (Michidoki no Kai)
- Ogawa Naoto
Introducing Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center and Learning by Film Archives
While many lives were lost in the unprecedented Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, discussion continues about what can be passed down from the disaster through film. This forum opens with an introduction of Bophana Center’s projects that deal with conveying memory and what was lost in the region’s war-torn history.
- Chea Sopheap (Director, Bophana Center)
- Takakura Hiroki (Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University)
- Fujioka Asako (Board member, YIDFF; “Cinema with Us” coordinator)
What Did the Disaster Bring to Documentary?
Many documentaries have been made about the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Cinema with Us began directly following the disaster in 2011, inspired by the thought, “What can documentaries do to help?” Now in our fourth installment, we consider instead, “What did the quake bring to documentary?” Did we re-discover Tohoku (Northeast Japan)? Are there things yet to be captured on camera? Finally, did it give birth to new voices?
- Araki Keiko (Director, Pia Film Festival)
Sato Hiroaki (neoneo)
Yasuoka Takaharu (Producer, Professor at Japan Institute of the Moving Image)
- Ogawa Naoto
YIDFF’s 311 Documentary Film Archive collects, catalogs, preserves and provides access to documentary films and related materials about the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. The Archive is in the Yamagata Documentary Film Library. Visitors are able to watch preview DVDs of registered films at the video booths within the library. Check the below online database where the archive of registered films is continuously updated.