A2-B-C: A Documentary Film by Ian Thomas Ash

A2-B-C: A Documentary Film by Ian Thomas Ash North American Premiere at the Rhode Island International Film Festival12:15pm Saturday August 10, Providence, RI

Fairewinds has done a lot of work about the ongoing crisis in Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, and we wanted to bring your attention to an important documentary premiering in North America this weekend. The film is called A2-B-C, and it focuses on the health effects many children in Fukushima are experiencing in the aftermath of the radiation exposures from the March 2011 triple meltdown. Life in Fukushima Prefecture means radiation hot spots in school yards; pre-cancerous thyroid cysts; radiation detectors on backpacks; government officials and even doctors who don’t seem to care.  The reality of daily life in Fukushima Prefecture is a parent’s worst nightmare.

With another nuclear accident statistically likely to happen within the next eight years, we need to know what’s at stake when the nuclear industry cuts corners, regulators protect profits over people, and governments refuse to admit mistakes were made and help is needed. This film focusses on the consequences of one bad day in the lifespan of a nuclear power plant. This is the mess that nobody is taking responsibility for. These are the human casualties of Fukushima Daiichi.

A2-B-C is premiering in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday August 10th at 12:15 at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. For more information about attending this screening, please visit this website. For more information about the filmmaker, you can visit Ian Thomas Ash’s website.

Learn more about the health effects of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster:

The Medical and Ecological Consequences of Fukushima Daiichi: On the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown, nuclear experts in the fields of biology, physics, policy and medicine presented at a two day symposium on the human and environmental effects of the disaster. All of these presentations are available to watch for free online.

Eyewitness Report of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: a television interview with Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds board member Chiho Kaneko, and Fukushima native Chikako Nushiyama.

Forty Good Years and One Bad Day: A video interview with Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen and international diplomat Akio Matsumura in which they discuss the ongoing crisis at Fukushima and where to go from here.

Cleanup at Fukushima Daiichi: Technological Disaster or Crisis in Governance?: This important expose by investigative journalist Art Keller explores the clean up at Fukushima Daiichi. Could the Japanese government be doing more?

Fukushima Kids with Yumi Kikuchi: Yumi is organizing a summer programs for children in Fukushima Prefecture to spend part of their school vacations in Hawaii, where they can play outside without fear of radiation contamination. After watching A2-B-C, you’ll understand why Yumi’s work is so important.