Cracked Foundations

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In anticipation of the looming labor shortage exacerbated by a construction boom ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Japanese government has designed a plan to relax immigration laws and allow skilled laborers from overseas into the country to meet the demand. While the country faces a declining birthrate and an aging population, the film follows a construction company executive and a foreign worker who are both finding opportunities.

Director Irene Herrera
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Social Issues / Minority / Industry
Air Date (JST) Monday, June 10, 2015
Monday, July 11, 2016 *rerun


Irene Herrera

Irene Herrera


Irene Herrera is a Cuban-Venezuelan filmmaker and video journalist with more than 15 years experience producing and creating documentary and journalistic content with a focus on Latin America and Asia. Irene’s films have been broadcasted internationally and featured at numerous film festivals and museums. She is also a regular contributor to AFP, AJ+,, Seeker Network and Vox. Her films are usually character and issue driven with an emphasis on gender, statelessness, refugees, and mobility. In Japan she obtained an MFA in filmmaking at Nihon University as a recipient of a Monbukagakusho scholarship. Irene has been a Flaherty Seminar Fellow and a Professional Resident at the University of Miami's Knight Center for International Media. Currently she teaches documentary filmmaking at Temple University Japan. As a neo-nomadic third-culture kid, her love for traveling and storytelling has taken her to more than 65 countries.


Some Bunny Loves You . 7 min, 2013 (documentary)
Spirits to Enlightenment. Executive Producer/ Camera/ Sound. Finalist for Doc Challenge and premiered at HOT DOCS. 7 min. 2012. (documentary)
Urban Villages. A series of short 7 documentaries highlighting the most challenging issues Asia’s fastest growing cities are facing. 2011. With grant from Temple University. (documentaries)
Crossing Hispaniola. Co-Director and Producer. 15 min. 2010. With financing from the Knight Center for International Media. (documentary) 2011
12 Cameras. Co-Director and Producer. 6 min. (documentary). 2011
Vwa Fanm. Executive Producer as Resident Professional at the Knight Center for International Media at University of Miami (documentary) 2011
Forgotten Dreams. Executive Producer; 2010. Made as part of the Doc Challenge. HDV. 7 min.(documentary)
Hijiri. Executive Producer; 2010. Made as part of the Doc Challenge. 7 min. (documentary)