Home movies from a natural disaster preserved courtesy of the government


The Asahi Shimbun:

While the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami altered the coastal areas of Fukushima, the memories of what once was are preserved forever, thanks to the foresight of the prefectural government.

Officials asked residents before the March 11 twin disasters last year to submit 8mm home movies so they could be preserved digitally.

Fukushima prefectural government officials have now submitted a short film made from some of that 8mm celluloid for consideration at the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival. The work is titled “Fukushima monochrome: Jidai no naka kara no tegami” (Fukushima monochrome: A letter from the past).

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