Surviving the Tsunami - My Atomic Aunt

About This Episode


Namie, a fishing village ravaged by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, was a childhood paradise to filmmaker Kyoko Miyake. Visiting her family’s hometown after 10 years abroad, Miyake examines the disaster’s profound personal, social and environmental impact.

While Namie’s younger generations have relocated, Miyake’s aunt Kuniko, like other older residents, still dreams of returning home. Aunt Kuniko, dressed in radiation-proof clothing, returns regularly to water the plants in her garden. A timely and insightful film, with moments of humor and even joy, Surviving the Tsunami - My Atomic Aunt offers fresh perspectives about our relationship with nuclear energy.