Three years have passed since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, yet the effects of the disaster still persist: the meltdown continues to release radioactive material, contaminated water is flushed into the Pacific ocean, and both Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) and the Japanese government continue to spread misinformation on the extent of the nuclear crisis.
Nuclear Nation is a documentary that follows the daily struggles of Fukushima evacuees. The population is unable to return to their contaminated homes and subsequently forced to live in an abandoned high school in Saitama prefecture. Funahashi has documented the absurdity and frustration that these refugees continue to experience.
Through working and speaking with the evacuee community at length, director Funahashi aims to stand in solidarity with the survivors of the nuclear crisis. While the majority of Fukushima disaster has been presented as spectacles using images of the tsunami and apocalyptic scenery, this film distances itself from such “disaster porn” that exploits its subjects for the sake of sensationalism. Brechtian and observational in style, the film allows the audience to think critically about the situation presented in this current moment in a society which is not far apart from our own, both socially and politically.