Japanese disaster films highlight victims' stories - Article Photos 6/7

In this image made from promotional footage for the film "Nuclear Nation" released by the 2012 Documentary Japan, Big River Films, Futaba mayor Katsutaka Idogawa, sixth from left in white jacket, poses with evacuees from Futaba town in front of their shelter, the abandoned Kisai high school, in Kazo, Saitama prefecture, near Tokyo, on March 11, 2012, a year after the tsunami and earthquake hit northern Japan. The film "Nuclear Nation," directed by Atsushi Funahashi, documented a story of the residents of Futaba, the town where the tsunami crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is located. The March 2011 catastrophe in Japan has set off a flurry of independent films telling the stories of regular people who became overnight victims, stories the creators feel are being ignored by mainstream media and often silenced by the authorities. Nearly two years after the quake and tsunami disaster, the films are an attempt by the creative minds of Japan’s movie industry not only to confront the horrors of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, but also as a legacy and to empower the victims by telling their story for international audiences. (AP Photo/2012 Documentary Japan, Big River Films) CREDIT MANDATORY, EDITORIAL USE ONLY