November 19, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
Before I say anything about how much I admire today’s project, let me first explain that I am in favor of advancing the development of nuclear power as a more affordable, more sustainable, and ultimately even a more environmentally-friendly means of feeding our growing hunger for energy. There’s a tremendous need for innovation, but that need exposes us to the threat of shortcuts taken in the name of haste. When the stakes are this high, however, haste makes for some very toxic waste.
cmp-703 is a documentary that follows Shimpei Takeda, born and raised in Fukushima, Japan, as he travels home after a disaster that shook and poisoned the whole world. His story is sad but interesting, and still far from over. Nobody can argue that what happened at Fukushima is a tragedy and a shame – a black mark on the record of what I hold to be a very promising technology for all of mankind – but we cannot turn away from black marks – we must address them, remember them, learn from them and ensure that they never happen again. Back this film before November 21 to ensure that Fukushima will become a lasting lesson for a world in search of safe and substantial progress.
The film: When the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant began to unfold Fukushima native Shimpei Takeda had been living in New York for 10 years working as a visual artist. As he began to understand what was happening to his birthplace a deeper need awoke in him which compelled him to speak beyond his personal art and address the unfolding nuclear calamity that was engulfing his home. Once in Fukushima cpm-703 provides an in-depth portrait into the lives of a population living under the constant threat of radiation.