Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Lucy Walker / Japan / 2011 / 39 min / Japanese with English subtitles / Color / HDCAM*
The Japanese earthquake and tsunami last March 11 carries the dubious distinction of being the most visually documented disaster ever, with observers, survivors—and even victims—filming the events as they occurred. British filmmaker Lucy Walker (Waste Land) incorporates some of that astounding footage for her new work, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, allowing audiences a chance to see for themselves the true power of nature, and the true resilience of humanity.
Contrasting the devastation of the earthquake with the simple beauty of the Japanese cherry blossom, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom captures the resilience of people after disaster. When a middle-aged man states “nani mo nai” (“There is nothing left”), the proof is in front of your eyes, but so is the hope of interviewees, who remain philosophical about their situation. Whether in bloom or fall, “You see whatever you want to see reflected in the cherry blossom” says one, whose family has raised sakura (cherry blossoms) for sixteen generations.
Co-presenters: Nakayoshi Young Professionals (3/10, 3/18), Japan Society of Northern California (3/10, 3/16)
- Director: Lucy Walker
- Producer: Kira Carstensen, Lucy Walker
- Cinematographer: Aaron Philips
- Editor: Aki Mizutani