Record of the Quake Aftermath: Tohoku Korean School 2011.3.15-3.20



東日本大震災 東北朝鮮学校の記録 2011.3.15-3.20Tohoku Korean Primary and Middle School in Sendai, where Koreans in Japan attend to, was completely destroyed by the disaster. While there was no support from the Japanese government, the comrades all over Japan sent supplies and the school staff cooked meals for the local Japanese schools in the vicinity. Immediately after the disaster, the atmosphere was tense, but everyone was guided by the spirit of mutual support. The communal life at the evacuation center and the relief activities in Ishinomaki and Onagawa were such examples. Simultaneously dwelling on the social dimensions of Korean Schools in Japan, the film shows us how our comrades survived the disaster.
Title in English Record of the Quake Aftermath: Tohoku Korean School 2011.3.15-3.20
Title in Original Language
Director(s) KOMAPRESS
Director's Bio/Filmography Komapress was established in 2010 under the slogan “Small Voices, Ground Level Perspective.” “Koma” means children or something small in Korean language. Our mission is to voice opinions of the minorities who appear so small and insignificant in the face of giant media conglomerate. Since 2010, Koma Press has stayed close to Osaka Korean High School rugby team, and reported various stories on issues including the banning of prefectural and municipal education subsidies and exclusion from the national government’s “free tuition program” due to escalating tensions between Japan and North Korea. Finally in 2013, countless hours of footage was transformed into “60-man kai no Torai” [“One For All,All For One”], Koma Press’s first feature-length documentary, gaining extreme popularity in Japan and South Korea. While continuing to film in Osaka, Koma Press headed to Sendai only 3 days after the disaster struck the Tohoku region, filmed survival and relief efforts and sent various news pieces. For the last 4 years, Koma Press has been documenting Korean schools in still-recovering Tohoku.
Year of Completion 2011
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 67 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format DVD
Shooting Locations Sendai City, Ishinomaki City and Onagawa Town (Miyagi)
Shooting Dates/Periods March 15, 2011 - March 20, 2011
Names of Characters
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese, Korean
Subtitles Japanese,
Date of First Public Screening 2011/10/12
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Japan
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2011/10/12
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events YAMAGATA International Documentary Film Festival 2011, Kobe Documentary Film Festival 2011, Takasaki Film Festival 2012, Hiroshima Peace Film Festival 2013
Staff Credits Photography: KOMAPRESS
Distributor / Distribution Company KOMAPRESS
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events YIDFF 2011Cinema with Us 2012