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NHK, BBC join “Beyond the Wave” as coproducers

Zurich-based distributor First Hand Films has finalized coproduction deals and pre-sales for Beyond the Wave (pictured), which sees director Kyoko Myake revisit her mother's hometown of Fukushima after last year's tsunami and earthquake.
April 27, 2012

Zurich-based distributor First Hand Films has finalized coproduction deals and pre-sales for Beyond the Wave (pictured), which sees director Kyoko Myake revisit her mother’s hometown of Fukushima after last year’s tsunami and earthquake.

NHK in Japan, the BBC in the UK and IKON in the Netherlands have all come on board the doc as coproducers, alongside WDR Cologne. Pre-sales were signed with SVT in Sweden, YES in Israel and Knowledge Network in Canada.

Beyond the Wave is available as both a 58- and 90-minute documentary and is currently in production, ahead of its delivery date of February 2013. In the doc, Myake speaks to family and neighbours to find out how they are coming to terms with the tsunami’s devastation.

“This project involves an extraordinary blend of partners that allows for the delivery of a personal story to reach and touch an international audience. The devastation felt by the people post tsunami is still very much alive, even though this is no longer in the headlines,” said Esther van Messel, CEO of First Hand Films.

Beyond the Wave is funded by National and International Funds, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg (Development/Production) and Filmstiftung NRW (Production), among others.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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