Generation Tsunami – ten years later

In the Aceh Province, the 2004 Tsunami left 170,000 people dead and some 400,000 homeless. In 2005, the internationally awarded documentary The Tsunami Generation profiled remnants of families struggling to get life back to normal. 

Now, 10 years later, filmmaker Folke Rydén returns to meet the same survivors.

This film gives a fundamental account of a societies long term struggle to cope with the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in living memory.

The 2004 killer tsunami reduced the coastal province in Aceh, Indonesia, to rubble. The tragedy triggered unprecedented generosity from the international community, with a total of 7 billion dollars being donated to the area.

It was also a catalyst for the end of a 30-year war between the Indonesian government and a separatist movement.

The tsunami not only dismembered the society; it challenged the society’s mode of life, hurt its pride and symbols, and compelled its remaining members to redefine their relationship with God. In the power struggle of this oil rich region all chips were in the air. Government, guerrilla and the men of God – all aspired to gain from the new situation.

So what happened?

In this documentary we meet the same main characters from the 2005 film. We tell their story.

Through emotional personal stories the film gives a fundamental account of a societies long term struggle to cope with the aftermath of the worst natural disasters in living memory.

    Production Facts:
Area: Sweden
Client: FRP for SVT
My role: Postproduction Manager
Release: Dec 2014