3 Years Past

Kaz Senju

USA, Japan/48min./2014

'3 Years Past' is a documentary film about a group of teenagers who have spent all of their high school years in Fukushima. Their anticipated graduation from Junior High and entry into Senior High School was suddenly disrupted by an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident three years ago. They are now entering an important juncture in their lives, graduating from High School and entering University. Some students see this as an opportunity to leave Fukushima for a fresh start elsewhere in Japan, while others have decided to stay near their families.

Through a series of interviews we have captured the experience of each student from their perspective. What was life like in their hometown in Fukushima before March 2011. What has their life been like the past 3 years, and how do they view their future in the next 3 years.
Title in English 3 Years Past
Title in Original Language
Director(s) Kaz Senju
Director's Bio/Filmography Kaz Senju, is a Japanese born artist who resides in New York. He has been traveling to Japan since the 2011 quake, visiting the temporary housing facilities, and capturing the people and their lives in Fukushima. Mr. Senju also volunteered in documenting the “KIZUNA” project, a Japanese government sponsored, high school student, exchange program between disaster affected areas in Japan and hosting US cities. Through this student exchange program, Kaz met 27 high school students from Fukushima, and came to realize that the story of Fukushima goes beyond the headlines, politics, and numbers.
Year of Completion 2014
Nationality of the Film USA, Japan
Running Time 48 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format BDDVD
Shooting Locations Ishikawa-machi (Fukushima)
Shooting Dates/Periods March 10 - 25, 2013
Feb 28 - March 7, 2014
April 9 - 18, 2014
Names of Characters
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles English,
Date of First Public Screening 2014/9/10
Place of First Public Screening (Country) USA
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2016/3/10
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events
Staff Credits Photography: Yutaka Yasuda
Editing: Retsu Motoyoshi
Music: Matthew Kajcienski
Producer Kaz Senju
Distributor / Distribution Company
Official Website for the Film http://www.3yearspast.com
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None