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STORIES FROM TOHOKU

Directed by Dianne Fukami, Eli Olson

Asian American Titles at AAIFF'14, Documentaries at AAIFF'14 / USA / 2013 / Documentary / 55 mins / English, Japanese with English subtitles / Color / New York City Premiere

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STORIES FROM TOHOKU

City Cinema Village East
July 27, 2014 3:30 pm

Description

STORIES FROM TOHOKU documents the lives of several survivors of the worst disaster to hit Japan since Hiroshima: the March 2011 triple disaster in the Tohoku region. It also follows the members of the first Japanese American delegation (including Olympic figure-skater Kristi Yamaguchi), sent to help them rebuild the devastated region. As the Tohoku residents deal with the fallout from a tsunami, earthquake and nuclear crisis, the audience is reminded of the Japanese will to persevere in the face of overwhelming circumstances, to not just survive but to flourish, and to believe in the indomitable spirit of endurance in the midst of tragedy.

 

After the film screening, we will hold a Q & A with director/producer Dianne Fukami, director Eli Olson and producer Debra Nakatomi.

 

We are very proud to present this film with our community partners: Japanese American Association Of NYJapan Society.


Director's Bio

Born and raised in San Francisco and a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Journalism, Dianne Fukami spent the first part of her professional career working in the newsroom of the CBS TV station in San Francisco. After her 15-year tenure there, she was part of a production team that produced a nationally recognized documentary on the Chinese Exclusion Act, Separate Lives, Broken Dreams. It was followed by a series of documentaries on the Japanese American experience that was broadcast on PBS stations across the country in which Fukami directed, produced, and wrote. Fukami is co-founder of Bridge Media, Inc., a TV and video production and consulting company, is on the faculty of the Multimedia Communications Department at Academy of Art University and is currently in pre-production on a documentary about former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta.

Eli Olson is an Emmy Award winning film editor with a unique storytelling ability. Her extensive experience reaches into the feature film, documentary, non-fiction broadcast, and commercial realms. Eli won an Emmy for her work on “My Flesh and Blood” for HBO Films, which also won an Emmy for Best Documentary, and the Audience Award and Best Director Prizes at Sundance Film Festival.



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STORIES FROM TOHOKU

City Cinema Village East
July 27, 2014 3:30 pm

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