Student-made tsunami documentary debuts in U.S.

9 years ago by in Entertainment, Featured

A film documentary about a city struck by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, produced by a 21-year old Japanese student, will be screened in the U.S. during the spring and the summer.

“Kyo wo Mamoru” (protecting today) was created by Yuka Kanno, a third-year student at Yamanashi Prefectural University, and was first screened in November at a movie festival in Kofu. It was then displayed at other locations in Japan, including Tokyo.

The documentary is 70-minutes long and features interviews with nine survivors of the disaster in the home city of the author, Rikuzen-Takata in Iwate Prefecture.

The interviews were made in July and August and among the persons who speak on camera are Kanno’s mother, aged 54, and her school colleagues.

The U.S. screening was facilitated by Kazumi Hatasa, a 55-year old professor who works in the States. He asked some of his students to produce English subtitles for the documentary.

“I think Americans should know about the damage caused by the tsunami and be informed about the efforts of people who are trying to move on after the disaster,” Hatasa said.

The documentary will first be displayed at the two locations where Hatasa works, Purdue University in the state of Indiana and Middlebury College in the state of Vermont.