AFTER THE WAVE

THE STORY OF 35 NATIONS WORKING TOGETHER

AFTER THE DEVASTATING 2004 TSUNAMI 

AFTER THE WAVE

THE STORY OF 35 NATIONS WORKING TOGETHER

AFTER THE DEVASTATING 2004 TSUNAMI 

Trailer & Clips

After The Wave Featurette - Edie Fassnidge née MacGill
After The Wave Featurette - Jai Breisch
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A powerful story of the human spirit under the most difficult conditions

SYNOPSIS

PATRICE IN FRAME 2

2004’s Boxing Day tsunami was the most devastating natural disaster in modern times, killing 228,000 people across 13 countries. AFTER THE WAVE tells the untold story of this epic forensic operation in Thailand to identify and return home the bodies of over 5,000 victims. The best forensic specialists from around the world were in a race against time to give back every victim their identity. Creating forensic history, the international team’s mantra was ‘we will take them home’. Forensic science intersects with powerful stories of survival and loss, attempting to make some sense out of a tragedy so bewilderingly complete that a decade out it still seems far-fetched to most.

Press

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"Haunting and beautiful"

Sydney Morning Herald

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"Simply told but beautifully constructed, this creates a real sense of narrative and drama without ever feeling exploitative"

The Sunday Age

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"Riddled with striking contrasts; between life and death, optimism and despair, western and eastern concepts of transcendence"

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

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"A beautiful and lyrical piece of work"

The Age

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"This is a story that restores your faith in human nature"

The Sunday Age

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"10 years on from the devastating boxing day tsunami, a documentary that restores faith in humanity"

The Canberra Times

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"It’s the kind of story that couldn’t really be told any sooner"

The Canberra Times

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"Every persons journey was unique, but together they create a rich, often heart-breaking but ultimately hopeful picture…"

The Canberra Times

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"This compelling documentary also plays out like a mystery…sombre must-see viewing…"

The West Australian

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"Among the sadness is a story of hope"

news.com.au

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"A powerful documentary that reflects on the aftermath of the unimaginable"

The West Australian

People

Edie

Britain

Sussi

Sweden

Patrice

France

Nathalie

Britain

Wisut

Thailand

Anders

Norway

Karl

Australia

Stu

United States

Julian

Australia

Richard

Australia

Jai

United States

Fiona

Australia

Ulla

Sweden

Gerd

Norway

Melissa

Australia

Wan & Sandra

Thailand & Australia

Kimina

Australia

Peter

Germany

Melinda

Australia

Hermann

Australia

Wall of Connection

In the aftermath of the tsunami, boards of photographs of the missing and the dead sprang up everywhere. This was a way to try and connect information and honour those lost. Were you impacted by the Boxing Day tsunami? Were you there? Did you lose someone dear to you? Did you try and help those affected? We have created our own interactive wall of connection to bring together those affected by the tsunami. This is a wall of connection for you – to leave your thoughts, to search for people who may have helped you or you may have helped on that fateful day and in the weeks and months that followed. This is a place to honour those you lost, to share with others your memories. Add your memories to the Wall of Connection here.

VICTIM WALL FRAME

GALLERY

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Research

After The Wave - Concept Trailer
After The Wave Featurette - Kimina Lyall
After The Wave Featurette - Ulla-Britta
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DIRECTOR NOTES

AMANDA-IN-FRAME

230,000 people died on one day, ten years on I wanted to find a unique way to mark this inconceivable loss and get beyond these incomprehensible statistics. To explore our humanity, when the unimaginable happens what is our capacity for survival? Is it possible to come to terms with tragedy on this scale and move on in any meaningful way? Making a film that takes you to the darkest edges of loss, means also witnessing what people are capable of coming back from. Everyone I filmed with, the professionals and families suffered immeasurable loss but have emerged with dignity, a finer wisdom and their humanity in tact. They give us all hope.

Amanda Blue | Writer & Director | AFTER THE WAVE

 

 

 

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