the earthquake and tsunami of 3.11, told through the eyes of children

“Children of the tsunami” is an excellent BBC documentary that just aired on March 1. Beginning with the initial rumblings and….well, it doesn’t really end. But the story, for the most part, is told by children. The strength and resilience of those cute kids really shines through but, as a parent, some parts were really hard to watch.

It’s an hour long, but well worth your time.

At around 24:00, and then again later, there’s a scene where a father and daughter are talking about their dosimeter. I had no idea that radiation readings were higher around the grass and trees, which resulted in the father banning his daughter from playing near the wilderness. Instead, she was told to play on the cement, if allowed to go outside at all. That scene gave me goosebumps because I was immediately transported back into Hayao Miyazaki’s 1984 tour de force Nausicaa. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in which wars have destroyed the ecosystem, creating toxic jungles where every plant is lethal to humans. Sounds familiar.

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  1. This is one of the most saddest documentary i ever saw. Their live never be the same anymore, maybe for another decade. The mother part after 6 months of searching is really heartbreaking 🙁 Let’s not to lose hope for the future.

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