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Alone Again in Fukushima: A Documentary Screening and Conversation

February 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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This spring will mark the tenth anniversary of the triple disaster that on March 11, 2011, brought an earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear meltdown to eastern Japan. To reflect on this anniversary, we present Alone Again in Fukushima, a documentary about Matsumura Naoto, a man who chose to remain behind when his hometown was evacuated along with the rest of the area around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. 

Registrants for this event will receive a link to watch Alone Again in Fukushima before our February 4th event (English subtitles provided). Together, our panelists will discuss some of the central questions that this documentary raises: What does a disaster like this reveal about the fragility of human dominance over the natural world, and what wisdom can we draw from it as we move forward into the 21st century? 


  • Mayu Nakamura is a filmmaker who earned her MFA from the Graduate Film Program at New York University. 
  • Naoto Matsumura 
  • Barbara R. Ambros is a professor in East Asian Religions in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

This conversation will be moderated by Joanna Sierks Smith, Associate Director for State Outreach at Carolina Public Humanities. 


February 4, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Carolina Asia Center