In March 2011, we witnessed the devastation in Japan made from one of the world’s worst tsunamis. Thousands lost lives or left homeless. Businesses and houses were washed away into the ocean. An unbelievable force of nature.
The ocean waves have been carrying the debris across the waters and over to the shores of North America. Scientists, environmentalists and beachcombers were aware that this was going to happen and they waited. Over 25 million tonnes of debris been washed across the ocean to the west coast.
Lost & Found is a touching documentary that is currently in production by Canadian filmmakers John Choi and Nicolina Lanni who have been capturing footage of the sometimes very personal items that have been washing ashore as well as the people who’ve been discovering them.
Many items, large and small, have been identifiable with clear markings. Beachcombers who have been collecting the items first described their discoveries as ‘exciting’ but soon after realized that there’s a reality attached to each piece with a very emotional understanding that over 15,000 people in Japan had their lives taken away.
Now, the producers of the film are attempting to get the items back to the rightful owners in Japan and are hoping to raise funds to do so.
Hot Docs Doc Ignite is the newest crowd-funding campaign to help the filmmakers fulfill their goals. Doc Ignite is an online crowd-funding service that assists independent Canadian documentary filmmakers in building audiences and raising support for projects in development.
Here’s the link if you would like to donate: www.hotdocs.ca/docignite/project/lost_found
Also follow Lost & Found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lostandfoundthefilm
Here’s a clip from the documentary…