Tohoku Special Film Showings

Date: 26 March 2012 – 27 March 2012
Venue: Embassy of Japan

One year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, three new DVD documentaries about Tohoku will be screened jointly at the Embassy of Japan on 26 and 27 March 2012 at 18:30.

Monday 26 March

Fukushima Hula Girls がんばっぺフラガール!~フクシマに生きる。彼女たちのいま~
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi / Oct. 2011 / 100 mins

Following the destruction of the stage for their performances in March last year, the Hula Girls of Spa Resort Hawaiians went on a nationwide tour. A story about their struggle to revive their business, offering a vision of a brighter future for Fukushima.

Tuesday 27 March

Setting Sail from the Ruins ドキュメンタリーWAVE「ガレキの中からの再出航~漁業の町・岩手県大船渡市」
NHK / Jun. 2011 / 30 mins

This NHK documentary was filmed in a fishing town, Ofunato City in Iwate Prefecture, focusing on the local fishery industry, which was restored by selling locally caught fish over the internet.

Can You See Our Lights? NHKスペシャル「東北 夏祭り~鎮魂と絆と~」
NHK / Aug. 2011 / 48 mins

Another documentary film by NHK. Despite the extraordinary damage caused by the tsunami, the residents of Rikuzentakata City were determined to carry out their Tanabata summer festival as usual. This documentary also features footage of various other traditional festivals on the northeast coast.

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