Then and Now: Ishinomaki

2011, Environment  -   5 Comments

Then and NowThis film is about the Tohoku region (hit by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan in March 2011), as a reminder as to the ongoing difficulties being faced by the locals attempting to rebuild their towns.

Eight months after the Tsunami, Paul, Ivan and Jeffrey visited a town on the east coast called Ishinomaki (part of which was completely erased by the tsunami) and interviewed a number of residents, each with very different stories and experiences.

Paul Johannessen is an Australian media production creative professional who's living in Tokyo, made this amazingly documented video about the situation in the Ishinomaki city, one of the major affected cities by the March 2011 tsunami.

Ratings: 8.68/10from 22 users.

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5 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Miss K

    Absolutely mind boggling to consider the reality of the true, long term aftermath of a dissaster of such proportion!!

  2. kenwork

    It is rare for me to tear up watching a film, but this one did it. Not because of the loss and destruction, but because of the expressions from these survivors and their discovery of the necessity for human connection to help, love and support one another. If you wake up with hope and courage each day and serve your fellow human without expectation of repayment, you are bigger than the whole world of money, possessions and power.

  3. Iris Antongiorgi Concepcion

    God help them out !! My pray for them

    1. Edward Honda

      You'll pray for them ? So you will do absolutely nothing. How nice of you.

  4. brianrose87

    Some people profess doom while others constantly point out that doom never comes.

    The middle ground between these two extremes is the reality that catastrophe often happens on a local, isolated basis.

    For the people in this documentary, their lives and towns have been obliterated. That's as close to the result of a doom and gloom scenario as you can get. Yet the rest of the world lives on in their day-to-day activity driven stupor.

    The world will not end for ~4 billion more years, but on an individual level tens of thousands of people experience the hapless destruction of natural disasters, wars, famines, genocides, etc. on a daily basis.