Return to Iitate Village

(Iitatemura ni kaeru)

JAPAN / 2019 / Japanese / Color / Digital File / 55 min

Director, Photography, Editing: Fukuhara Yusuke
Producers: Shimazu Nobuko, Fukuhara Yusuke
Supported by: The Center for Remembering 3.11 (Sendai Mediatheque)
Source: Petra

The nuclear disaster caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami forces the people of Iitate Village to evacuate. By the time the evacuation order is lifted, they have already spent over six years in temporary housing. Those residents who chose to go back home share their thoughts about the village and about their life both before the evacuation and after returning. This documentary listens to their voices and captures their gestures.

Double Layered Town / Making a Song to Replace Our Positions

(Niju no machi / Kotaichi no uta o amu)

JAPAN / 2019 / Japanese / Color / Digital File / 81 min

Directors: Komori Haruka + Seo Natsumi
Photography, Editing: Komori Haruka, Fukuhara Yusuke
Sound, Sound Editor: Fukuhara Yusuke
Cast: Koda Haruka, Yonekawa Ko Leon, Sakai Haruka, Miura Aoshi
Text: Seo Natsumi
Workshop planned and produced by: Seo Natsumi, Komori Haruka
Source: Komori Haruka + Seo Natsumi

After the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, Komori Haruka and Seo Natsumi chose to live and film in Rikuzentakata. This work is a visual record of four people who applied for a workshop Komori and Seo devised, showing them visiting the town and getting to know its people and landscape. The opportunity to hear personal experiences of the disaster decreases with time, but this film provides a bridge to new encounters and communication, in addition to including a story written by Seo entitled “Double Layered Town.”


311 Documentary Film Archive

YIDFF’s 311 Documentary Film Archive collects, catalogs, preserves and provides access to documentary films and related materials about the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The archive is in the Yamagata Documentary Film Library, where visitors are able to watch the films at video booths.

For more information YIDFF “311 Documentary Film Archive” website