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.