‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’

This Oscar-nominated documentary short film by director Lucy Walker opens with real life footage of the tsunami. Interviews with survivors in a northern Japanese village in the heart of the disaster are framed by the metaphor of cherry blossoms, a symbol deep in Japanese culture that suggests rebirth.

Register now (click here) to attend a free showing, April 24, 6:30 p.m., at the Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th Street NW, Washington D.C.

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Walker set out to make “a visual haiku about cherry blossoms” in Japan but changed her plans radically following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11, 2011. Taken with the cherry blossom’s beauty and ability to symbolize the ephemeral quality of life,Walker links the disaster with the power of Japan’s most beloved flower to heal and inspire. This showing of her work is presented by the JICC, the Embassy of Japan, and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C.

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