Last year I was lucky enough to take part in Hot Docs ‘Doc Ignite’ crowd sourcing initiative with my film ‘How to Build a Time Machine’ (which I’m still filming). Now, a month before the kickoff of the 2013 Hot Docs Film Festival, a great new project is looking for your support! Nicolina Lanni and John Choi’s ‘Lost & Found’ looks at the reunion of objects lost in the 2011 Japanese tsunami with their original owners. Here’s some info on this interesting story:
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku, Japan was a magnitude 9.0 – it was the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan. It triggered tsunami waves that reached heights of 40.5 meters. The waves devastated the eastern shore of Japan. 20,000 lives were lost and with them entire villages were swept into the sea. 25 million tonnes of debris – homes, cars, boats, personal belongings – was washed into the Pacific Ocean. Some debris sunk, some was rescued in the early days of clean up, the rest is slowly floated across the world and is now landing on the shores of North America.
LOST & FOUND follows the epic endeavor underway to reunite objects lost in the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Strangers, continents apart, are coming together to salvage the memories amid the debris. Join us as we journey to Japan with the beachcombers, oceanographers, kayakers and environmentalists who have found these objects, return these lost belonging to their rightful owners, and hear the stories behind them.