“We have to be active participants in the way our government works as members of a society,” Ash said. “We have responsibilities to be good citizens as well and to be active participants in society. It’s not just sitting around and waiting for the government to do something. We have to take action to protect our children. Those mothers are taking action. They are not waiting for the government to measure radiation. They are in radioactive hot spots and measuring radiation around the school to protect their children. They are not waiting for someone to help them.”
He attributes the film’s festival-selection success to people’s desire to become more informed.
“The festival programmers want to program films about current events and things that are happening now. The film is in so many festivals in the next two months alone. I’m really shocked and pleasantly surprised at how many festivals this will be in and really grateful to share the story of the children of Fukushima with audiences all over the world,” he said.
The Japanese mothers agreed to do the film for this very reason.
“They want their story to be told,” Ash said.
Post-screenings, festival-goers ask him what they should do.
“I don’t know the answer,” Ash said. “This is the first step to get people to know there is a problem. Then, we can talk about a solution. If you don’t know there is a problem, then you can’t come up with a solution.”
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