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Surviving the Tsunami: My Atomic Aunt

Storyville: Documentary about a family adjusting to life after the tsunami that devastated Japan, focusing on Kyoko Miyake's Aunt Kuniko, who had to abandon her home and business.

Storyville: Marking the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, this documentary tells an insightful and surprisingly funny story of a family adjusting to life after the tsunami.

Director Kyoko Miyake revisits her Aunt Kuniko, who was forced to abandon her businesses and home following the disaster. Now living aimlessly in temporary accommodation on the edge of the contaminated zone, Aunt Kuniko is determined to return home as soon as possible. Miyake is puzzled as to why she and the family are not angry. As the first year after the disaster unfolds, she unearths the uncomfortable past that prevents things being so clear cut.

Through the attempts of the warm and indefatigable Aunt Kuniko to adapt at her ripe age, this deeply personal film explores notions of homeland, nuclear power and family love.

1 hour, 20 minutes

Last on

Thu 21 Mar 2013 23:20



Role Contributor
Director Kyoko Miyake
Series Editor Nick Fraser


  • Mon 18 Mar 2013 22:00
  • Thu 21 Mar 2013 23:20