Documentary shows different side of Japan quake and tsunami

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by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 27 at 11:30 AM

An Everett man is showing a different side to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. He’s produced a documentary that picks up where disaster left off.

Chris Noland remembers the day, March 11, 2011, the day everything changed. He had gone to Japan as an English teacher. He came home to Everett a documentary producer.

It’s called “Surviving Japan.” Because after all the country has lost, Noland wanted to remind the world of what’s left—what he witnessed as a volunteer in the recovery effort.

“It’s difficult. I still think about it, sometimes it is a little hard to watch the movie again,” says Noland.

More than a year after the disaster towns are still in shambles, thousands still in shelters. And the lingering radiation effect-- something Chris says the government fails to address-- its people caught in a literal no-man's land.

“They know it’s there. But unless you have a Geiger counter you really don’t know where it is and how bad,” says Noland.

Japan is a country lost that day and more than a year later, is still trying to find its way. Noland’s documentary designed to add a new voice, new pictures and new perspective  to a story that is far from over.

A screening of Chris Noland’s documentary is this coming Friday at 7pm at the Keystone Congregational Church in Wallingford. Learn more at www.SurvivingJapanMovie.Com
 

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