Shaken by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters of 2011, a young woman returns from New York City to Kasama, Japan, to make sense of her family’s troubled past. In a rural community not far from the Fukushima nuclear reactors, she turns the camera on her aging parents — and herself. Her parents’ simple life centers around creating art and a quiet respect for the power and beauty of nature, though only a few miles away the ruined reminders of devastation are everywhere. Meditative moments at the pottery wheel are punctuated by tense conversations, sudden earthquakes, and radiation level readings. As the film captures the reunited family’s day-to-day existence, it exposes the bittersweet process of coming to terms with an imperfect life, and the healing power of creativity. [subtitles]
Director’s Statement: Yuki Kokubo
My parents and I had been living lives separated by anger and resentment when the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters struck Japan. These catastrophic events made me realize how important my family and roots are, and the film is a reflection on my journey to rediscover “home.” By sharing my family’s story, I hope it will bring healing to those who hold onto painful family experiences.