STORIES FROM TOHOKU
Directed by Dianne Fukami, Eli Olson
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.
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.