In 2011, a Tsunami ravaged Japan. This tender tribute captures the recollections of survivors in one of the hardest hit areas. Their family and friends perished in the disaster, and their profound sense of grief and inconsolable losses are palpable. Radiation is of grave concern, and many have lost their homes and are still living in community shelters. And yet, amidst anguish and devastation, the cherished cherry blossoms begin to bloom. Those who bask in the flutter of these pale blush petals, find solace, even inspiration in the blossoms’ arrival despite recent events. A visual poem beautifully articulated by acclaimed director Lucy Walker (Waste Land, Blind Sight), The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom is a testament to grace and survival in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
Producer(s): Lucy Walker, Kira Carstensen
Editor(: Aki Mizutani
Cinematographer: Aaron Phillips
Release Year: 2011
Country: Japan, US
Total Run Time: 40 minutes
DATE: April 13, 2012
LOCATION: Cinema 4, Durham Convention Center, 201 Foster St.