Docs projects, Japan, USA — 03/07/2012 2:10 AM

Ridley Scott and Fuji TV team up on “one day” quake documentary

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US filmmaker Ridley Scott and Fuji Television are teaming up to make “Japan in a Day,” a documentary about how people spend the first anniversary of last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

 

“The project is dedicated to the many japanese people who lost their lives or are still suffering from the March 11 disaster, which killed nearly 20,000 people and set off the Fukushima nuclear crisis”, organizers said in a release.

The director’s production company Scott Free and Fuji will seek video footage contributed by anyone in Japan as well as globally, showing their lives on March 11, 2012, to be uploaded to the website: http://www.youtube.com/JapanInADay/. Fuji will also donate 200 cameras to people in the disaster-struck areas for the project.

Ridley Scott declared: “As a filmmaker I’m obsessed with truth. There has to be truth in storytelling otherwise movies simply don’t work,” said Scott. “What will be wonderful about Japan in a Day will be the window into the life of Japanese people today, having coped with enormous natural tragedy, economic unease and the task of rebuilding their spirit, we will no doubt have some very powerful stories emerging.” “I hope that Japan in a Day offers people the incentive to put a voice to their thoughts and supports their determination to move on from their experiences in a positive way.”

“Japan in a Day is dedicated, with deepest sympathy, to those who lost their lives and those who are suffering as a result of the earthquake and tsunami,” Fuji TV said.

The best videos will be combined with Fuji TV footage and then edited into a film to be released theatrically in Japan this autumn and then internationally. Fuji plans to donate profits to victims of the disaster.

Ridley Scott directed “Alien” and “Thelma & Louise” and has been nominated for three Academy Awards in directing.

SOURCES:  Reuters, The Telegraph (29 FEB 2012)

ON THE WEB:

. Ridley Scott Hopes ‘Japan in a Day’ Will Help Disaster Areas Recover

THR (29/02/12)

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