After Fukushima, Japan was devastated by an earthquake and nuclear disaster in 2011, the community looks to rebuild through snowboarding.



Mattias Evangelista


Phil Osborn

Running time

15 minutes

Country / Nationality

United States

Our Judges say:

A window onto two interesting guys trying to help build their community.

Simon Taylor

In March of 2011, the island of Japan was devastated by the fourth largest earthquake in history. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami resulted in the complete meltdown of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. A nuclear catastrophe of this scale has not been seen since Chernobyl and the effects are still being felt today. Aizu, tells the story of the disaster through the eyes of local snowboarders, Futa and Hiroki, and shows how snowboarding, surfing, and skateboarding are central to this vibrant and resilient community as they continue to rebuild.

Sustainability Notes

At its core, Aizu is about a natural disaster and the harmful effects of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is currently being pushed as the only way we can navigate the harmful effects of climate change as we transition away from fossil fuels, oftentimes with little regard for the communities who would be most affected should disaster strike. By providing audiences with a humanistic look at the aftermath of Fukushima, hopefully, this film will serve as a reminder of how powerful mother nature can be, and how important it is for us as a society to invest in safe, sustainable forms of energy in the future.