I thought long and hard before releasing this film. I struggled with whether I should cut it for TV, leave it as it is, or abandon the project all together. In the end, I opted to leave it as it is, raw, natural sound, unpolished and technically flawed. There is no color correction and lots of shaky camera.This is not a conventional film. Some have said it looks unfinished and is a 'one-way' story with too much focus on the subject. Others thought it was comical or even pathetic. However you will perceive it, this is "real" reality TV - true, honest, unadulterated, unscripted and very candid. The story unfolds in real time and the natural soundscape conveys the awesome sense of stillness that prevailed in the devastated areas.
April 11, 2011. Tokyo-based Iranian journalist, Afshin Valinejad, is on the road again, heading once more for the tsunami-stricken coastal communities of northeastern Japan. After weeks of covering the disaster, he organizes relief missions of his own, gathering donated supplies and personally delivering the goods to the survivors he meets along the way. We follow Valinejad on his second relief mission into the devastated cities of Rikuzentakata, Miyako, Ofunato and Yamada. Who will he encounter? What will he see? How will he find his way?
Documentary: Nat Sound Reportage
Length: 48 min.
First public showing: JICA, Tokyo, Japan, Nov.-Dec. 2011
This film presents raw and previously unreleased footage of the devastation left in the wake of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. It is a candid look at post-disaster life inside the stricken communities. It is a testament to the resilience and spirit of the people who faced utter destruction and grief. It is also a touching story of one man who, having spent weeks among the stench and ruins meeting with the victims, follows his heart in an act of compassion. He brings relief to the survivors, all the while quoting the great Persian poets on the matter of love.
This film is best viewed in full screen with good sound and without interruption.