New amateur footage of the Japanese tsunami is to feature in a new documentary for Channel 4.

Japan’s Tsunami: Caught on Camera is being produced by ITN Productions and will include never before seen footage and accounts from eyewitnesses.

The 1 x 60-minute film will look at people’s instinct to survive coupled with recording the moments that pushed them to edge, by taking people back to the locations where they caught the events unfolding.

C4 specialist factual commissioner Tanya Shaw ordered the programme and said: “The most heartfelt accounts of disaster often come from the ordinary survivors, who are increasingly capturing history by creating their own personal video records of the events that changed their lives forever. This film is a testament to their courage.”

It will be executive produced by Chris Shaw and is due to TX in the autumn. It follows on from other first-hand account films, Tsunami: Caught on Camera (2009) and Hurricane Katrina: Caught on Camera (2010).

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C4 previously ordered a quick turnaround film, fronted by Jon Snow, immediately after the event took place in March.