JDR Vol.16 No.2 pp. 210-215
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2021.p0210

Survey Report:

Documentary Film ‘Survivor’ Preserved as a Disaster Record

Shiti Maghfira*,† and Anna Matsukawa**

*Kougetsu School Association
Jalan Lada 2 No.147 Komplek. Meusara Agung, Keutapang, Aceh Besar, Aceh 23354, Indonesia

Corresponding author

**National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), Ibaraki, Japan

July 30, 2020
November 26, 2020
February 1, 2021
disaster prevention, tsunami, Aceh, documentary film, survivor

The Aceh Province, located in the northern island of Sumatera, Indonesia, is highly vulnerable to disasters. The experience of being struck by the devastating earthquake and tsunami on December 26, 2004 has not been communicated to the young generation of Acehnese. Hence, they need to be informed of the real and serious threats of occurrence of certain disasters. By understanding this information, the impacts of future disasters could be reduced. Preserving the live narrative of the tsunami survivors in the form of a documentary film is one of the ways of ensuring disaster preparedness, which would also be easy for the millennial generation to comprehend. The objective of this paper is to describe how oral narration was combined with visual art to create a documentary film. By capturing the life stories of tsunami survivors, it may serve as an example of community-based risk preparation through the dissemination of tsunami warnings and evacuation messages.

Cite this article as:
S. Maghfira and A. Matsukawa, “Documentary Film ‘Survivor’ Preserved as a Disaster Record,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.16 No.2, pp. 210-215, 2021.
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