or


[04/07/11 - 04:01 AM]
National Geographic Channel Announces "Witness: Disaster In Japan" - Powerful World Premiere Documentary Captures Historic Catastrophe Through the Eyes of Those Who Experienced It
The one-hour special airs Wednesday, April 13 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.

[via press release from National Geographic Channel]

National Geographic Channel Announces "Witness: Disaster In Japan" - Powerful World Premiere Documentary Captures Historic Catastrophe Through the Eyes of Those Who Experienced It

Rarely Seen Home Video, Cell Phone Video and News Coverage Provide Immediacy and Raw Emotion in Detailed, Chronological Account of the Disaster

"The tsunami is speeding towards us and is swallowing everything."- A person fleeing for safety in a Japanese coastal town

Witness: Disaster in Japan Premieres Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 10 PM ET/PT

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 -- The world watched in horror on March 11, 2011, as the fourth largest earthquake ever recorded crippled Japan and triggered a massive tsunami that swallowed entire communities, leaving unprecedented catastrophe in its wake. All the while, amateur videographers, news crews, tourists and countless others were recording the sights and sounds of the unfolding chaos. From the producers of the critically acclaimed special Witness Katrina, NGC now presents Witness: Disaster in Japan, a powerful firsthand look at the tragedy, entirely through the eyes of those who experienced it.

Premiering on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, just over a month after the disaster occurred, Witness: Disaster in Japan weaves together an array of video sources - some rarely seen, and others shown in more depth - to build a comprehensive one-hour special that exemplifies the sheer magnitude of the disaster in chronological order, starting with the earthquake's first tremor through the unbelievable devastation caused by the tsunami.

Dramatic video accounts document the progression and increasing impact of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake. During the small rumblings and first earthquake warnings, we see video of residents around Tokyo remaining calm. But as the earthquake's intensity builds, panic spreads - ceilings collapse at shopping centers and grocery stores, the ground cracks, water mains break beneath neighborhoods, industrial smokestacks and skyscrapers precariously sway and people scramble out of their homes to find safety. After recording several minutes of the shaking, a young American turns the camera on himself, admitting, "I'm underneath a desk and I'm f'ing scared."

Meanwhile, sirens alert Japan's coastal regions of the impending tsunami. Then, a mere 30 minutes after the earthquake, a massive tsunami engulfs the coast. From mountainsides and parking garages, survivors use their phones and video cameras to document the horror as it's happening, while helicopters follow the sweeping wave as it destroys almost everything in its path. Handheld video captures the massive wave as people desperately try to get to higher ground.

The immediate destruction is captured throughout the region, from the airport in Sendai to the small town of Otsuchi to the city of Asahi. Houses topple like playing cards; cars are washed away like ants. The sheer destruction is unbelievable, and the immediate reactions of panic, terror and disbelief are captured as the moments unfold.

Witness: Disaster in Japan also captures the immediate aftermath in all its epic human complexity - raw images of fear, grief and hope as the search for survivors begins. Witness an American working with a Japanese woman who doesn't speak English as they attempt to help those stranded, floating in the harbor, and experience the pain of a woman sifting through debris to find her family.

Visit natgeotv.com for more information.





  [april 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[04/26/17 - 12:16 PM]
Hailee Steinfeld, Kelsea Ballerini and Sofia Carson to Perform a Medley of Britney Spears' Iconic Hits at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards
Grammy Award-winning Spears is the first-ever recipient of the RDMA Icon Award which recognizes an artist whose career transcends popular culture.

[04/26/17 - 12:09 PM]
Back for Another Bite: "Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter" Returns May 22 on Adult Swim
New episodes of the half-hour live-action mini-series will air over five consecutive nights during the premiere week starting at Midnight E/P.

[04/26/17 - 11:49 AM]
"Saturday Night Live" Closes Out Season 42 with All-Star Lineups
LCD Soundsystem, Haim and Katy Perry will join previously announced hosts Chris Pine, Melissa McCarthy and Dwayne Johnson.

[04/26/17 - 11:16 AM]
"Saints & Sinners" Season Finale Reaches 1.3 Million Viewers, Season Two Seen by 7.3 Million
Bounce TV further spins the numbers for Sunday, April 23.

[04/26/17 - 10:13 AM]
Video: Watch the New Trailer from TNT's "American Race" with Host Charles Barkley
TNT's "American Race" will air over two nights - Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12 - with two episodes each night at 9 and 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

[04/26/17 - 10:08 AM]
MTV to Host 2017 College Signing Day Featuring Former First Lady Michelle Obama in New York City at The Public Theater on May 5th
Also on tap are Nick Cannon, Keri Russell, Bella Hadid, Jidenna, Michael B. Jordan, Zoe Kravitz, Emeka Okafor, Mathew Rhys, Robin Roberts and more.

[04/26/17 - 09:31 AM]
Hilary Swank Joins Cast of FX's "Trust"
Swank will star as Gail Getty, John Paul Getty III's determined and resourceful mother, who remains committed to helping her son as she navigates tricky familial waters.

[04/26/17 - 09:02 AM]
Video: "Dear White People" - Featurette: Stay Woke - Netflix
"Dear White People" is a send-up of the now post "post-racial" America that weaves together a universal story of finding one's own identity and forging a wholly unique path.

[04/26/17 - 09:01 AM]
AT&T Audience Network New Original Series "Fearless with Tim Ferriss" Premieres May 30
Ferriss creates a genuine and honest conversation with guests to discuss how they've overcome their fears, dealt with hardships, and crafted unique paths to success.

[04/26/17 - 09:00 AM]
Season Four of "Power" Premieres Sunday, June 25th Starting at 12:01 AM ET
The network on-air premiere will be at its regularly scheduled time of 9:00 pm ET/PT.

[04/26/17 - 08:13 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Viewers, Demos with "The Voice"
The Peacock also gets a boost from the premiere of new comedy "Great News."

[04/26/17 - 07:01 AM]
Filming Starts on Season Five of Cinemax's "Strike Back" Shot on Location in Jordan and Hungary with All New Cast
Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson, Roxanne McKee and Alin Sumarwata will topline the new 10-episode season.

[04/26/17 - 06:02 AM]
Amazon Prime Video Sets August 25 as Premiere Date for "The Tick"
The series is created by Ben Edlund, and the cast includes Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, and Valorie Curry.

[04/25/17 - 01:13 PM]
Adam Sandler and Chris Rock Reunite for New Netflix Comedy The Week Of
The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2018.

[04/25/17 - 01:01 PM]
Scripps Greenlights Lifestyle Talk Show in Partnership with Faith Hill; Debuts on Sept. 18
"We will bring a little bit of southern charm and inspiration to our viewers, alongside insights from top tastemakers and experts in many areas," said Hill.