Land of Kokeshi, Rebounding

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Japan's Tohoku region is known as the Land of Kokeshi. The traditional wooden dolls symbolize quiet strength and resilience of people in the region. This documentary introduces unique efforts by people from Tohoku to rebuild their lives and communities after an unthinkable combination of disasters: earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents. A farmer who lost everything is rising up from devastation and challenging to farm without soil. Young mothers who decided to keep living in the area hope to hold their precious community together with their Kokeshi puppet theater. A family that has left Fukushima searches for a more sustainable way of life while encouraging others to leave the area they consider unsafe. A rustic hot spring community that escaped the disaster rediscovers its role as a place of healing. There, children and mothers from Fukushima enjoy the fresh air and talk frankly about their lives and concerns with the ongoing threat of radiation.

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