Son of Fukushima

Rebuilding an ancestral home in the wake of nuclear disaster

Son of Fukushima Combining live-action and animation, Son of Fukushima tells the heart-rending story of a family profoundly impacted by not one but two nuclear tragedies: Hiroshima and Fukushima. Against the backdrop of the world’s largest radiological clean-up, the film follows the family for five years as they live through the unthinkable: a second nuclear disaster. This is a universal and deeply personal story about the inevitabilities of aging, the sacrifices made for those we love, and the relationship between man and nature.

The Producers


Beth Balaban - Director / Producer / Director of Photography

Beth Balaban is a multimedia producer and documentary filmmaker based in Massachusetts. She focuses on quiet stories of everyday heroes, often incorporating animation into her work. She is co‐founder of The Non‐Fiction Cartel, a short‐form documentary film collaborative in New England. She works as a producer and cinematographer on feature documentaries including Beyond Belief, The List, Second Chance Kids, The Peacemaker and Dawnland. Son of Fukushima is her directorial debut.


Beth Murphy - Director / Producer

Beth Murphy is a cinematic, social justice, and social impact journalist and filmmaker. She is the founder of Principle Pictures and director/producer/executive producer for more than 20 documentaries, including six award-winning feature films, news reports, podcasts, and photo series. Her work premiers at top-tier film festivals globally and can be found across national and international media outlets, including PBS (POV, Independent Lens, FRONTLINE and NewsHour), The New York Times (Op-Docs & Opinion Video), TIME, History Channel, The Sundance Channel, Discovery Networks, Lifetime, ABC News, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, The Washington Post, PRI The World, NHK, Canal Vie, and many others. Through targeted impact campaigns, she raises awareness and promotes action for issues that demand social change. An impact campaign with her film What Tomorrow Brings succeeded in building a women’s college in rural Afghanistan. Murphy’s work on social justice, women’s and children's rights, girls’ education, climate change, conflict and migration, forgiveness and reconciliation, indigenous rights, and the human consequences of war have been honored with: Emmy Award, World Press Photo Award, Overseas Press Club Award, Scripps Howard Award, National Headliner Award, Webby Award, RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, AWRT’s Gracie Allen Award, One Shared World International Outreach Award, and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

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