Diverse but exasperating perspectives on Fukushima and its effects on people who live there.

Seems like hope is the best answer they have.

We Are All Radioactive - Chapter 4: Radiation from Lisa Katayama on Vimeo.

Here's what the makers of this thoughtful film have to say:

"The residents of Motoyoshi reveal their secret fears about radiation, and global experts — who don't always agree with each other — attempts to explain the effects of radiation on human health.


We Are All Radioactive is an episodic documentary film created by San Francisco-based journalist Lisa Katayama and TEDTalks creator Jason Wishnow. It tells the story of a community of young surfers who are helping to rebuild a small coastal town destroyed by the tsunami in Japan in March 2011. Motoyoshi was a secret surf spot for ocean enthusiasts from Sendai. When the tsunami swept away the people and buildings there, a team of young surfers drove out to the coast, pitched tents on unaffected patches of land, and started helping generations of fisherman become entrepreneurs so they could spearhead their own reconstruction projects and develop new business ideas.

Seven short themed chapters make up Season 1. Half the footage is shot by our team, and the other half is shot by the locals themselves. The first half of the series was entirely crowdfunded. All the episodes are subtitled in Japanese and English.

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Lisa Katayama (Writer/Producer/Director)

Lisa is a journalist who writes about Japanese culture for Wired, Boing Boing, The New York Times Magazine, and NPR. She's spoken publicly about Japanese culture at major conferences in Japan, Singapore, and the US. She's best known online for the award-nominated blog TokyoMango and for founding the design thinking boot camp The Tofu Project.

Jason Wishnow (Writer/Producer/Director)

Jason is the filmmaker behind TEDTalks, the award winning video series watched nearly one billion times. Wishnow works at the intersection of film and emerging technologies and has been called an “online-video virtuoso" (New York Times, 2009), the “enfant terrible of digital film" (The Guardian, 2000), and one of the ten most influential digital filmmakers of 1999 (RES Magazine).


The film takes place in Motoyoshi, a small fishing village in Miyagi Prefecture, 100 miles north of the Fukushima Number One Power Plant: goo.gl/maps/HDxi


This episode features the following tracks:

"Elegy" by Tycho (2011) - courtesy of Ghostly International

"Gem" by Matthew Dear (2010) - courtesy of Ghostly International

"Nothing like a Suntan" by Animal Hands (2010) - courtesy of the band"