Press Release: "Hope Springs from Horror in Threshold: Whispers of FukushimaA documentary spotlighting the individuals who lived through the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster"
"Hope Springs from Horror in Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima
A documentary spotlighting the individuals who lived through the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster"
A well-known Chinese symbol for ‘crisis,’ has been interpreted as ‘opportunity’ in a time of danger. In March 2011, danger was excruciatingly real when more than 300,000 people were evacuated from Fukushima, Japan after a tsunami-induced earthquake caused a meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
According to the World Health Organization, the Fukushima disaster has been called the largest nuclear incident since the Chernobyl catastrophe in April 1986, in which for decades after, disease and death affected more than 600,000 people in the Ukraine and surrounding countries.
The implication for the Chinese symbol is that there can be opportunity in a crisis situation. According to Threshold’s producer/director, Toko Shiiki, the film illustrates how a number of people have decided to live – indeed thrive -- in the wake of the horrors in Fukushima. “This movie is not about radiation nor the damage it caused,” she says. “It is about life."
Shiiki was born in Japan and lived in Tokyo until she came to the U.S. in 2005. She is a freelance photographer and filmmaker, who has produced several short documentary films and won international awards for her photography.
Shiiki began visiting the devastated area as a volunteer in 2011, where she found herself in heartfelt conversations with the survivors. “After the nuclear power plant accident, Fukushima became a symbol of radioactive pollution somehow associated with the people who live there. What I saw were human beings who were not just holding onto fear or anger, but also optimism and joy.
“By exchanging thoughts with those people, I gradually built this film idea. Many of them left Fukushima, others stayed, but no matter where they chose to be, these people haven’t lost their bright spirit. They live fully, in the now. Moreover, they stay alive by keeping in touch with what they love most – music.”
Shiiki says that their musical performances reveal a deep core of dignity and honesty, while weaving together many diverse points of view.
“Having lost their homes and the lives they knew, their commitment to stay in touch with their greatest love –music - has been a key in their endurance and evolution.”
“They have such inspiring stories and music to share with the world,” she says. “From these positive people, perhaps we might learn and remember something important everyone: Finding and nurturing one's happiness in order to continue living a healthy life is a fundamental human concern. No matter where we live, we all must face this.”
For more information, contact: Toko Shiiki (firstname.lastname@example.org (734) 219-4123, http://thresholdfukushima.com )
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