Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) will work with six Japanese filmmakers on documentaries showcasing inspirational stories of the country’s recovery efforts, as part of its “Rebuilding Japan” initiative.
“Rebuilding Japan” was initiated by DNAP’s Japan office, in partnership with Discovery Networks International. The project, unveiled last April, invited Japanese prodcos to submit ideas for docs that focused on the recovery underway following last March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Sixteen finalists were chosen from 250 entries, and from those the final six were chosen.
“There were so many compelling stories submitted by so many Japanese producers that it was very difficult to narrow them down to six finalists but we feel confident in the stories and producers we have chosen,” said James Gibbons, president of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific – Japan.
“All submissions conveyed the passion and emotions of the local filmmakers toward the recovery efforts, and many captured it from a uniquely Japanese point of view. I believe the emotional drama, bravery, and energy of the Japanese people to rebuild their lives and country, despite the pain and difficulties, will resonate with Discovery’s viewers all over the world.”
The six projects are Seaweed Battles: Restoring a 1000-Year-Old Tradition from Studio Alta; Photos from the Sea: Returning Memories to Tohoku from TimeRiver Pictures; Reviving Japan’s Spirit: Record of the Tsunami Vintage from JCTV; Creating Utopia: One Mayor’s Ultimate Challenge from Ortus; K-Car Heroes: Racing to Rebuild from CTS; and Getting Trains Back on Track from AX-ON.
The films will premiere in March 2012 to commemorate the first anniversary of the disaster.