Japanese Currents 2013: JAPAN IN A DAY

Japan in a Day

Following the success of the 2011 crowd-sourced YouTube film LIFE IN A DAY, producer Ridley Scott teamed with Fuji Television to capture life in Japan after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, 8,000 people across Japan recorded their experiences: an elderly couple combs through the wrecked home of a lost friend, a father monitors radiation levels in the backyard where his children play, a young man ponders the beauty of cherry blossoms blooming amidst the devastation,and a little girl born during the earthquake celebrates her first birthday. From over 300 hours of submitted footage, directors Philip Martin and Gaku Narita have woven a moving, life-affirming film celebrating the courage and resilience of the Japanese people and the human spirit. (92 mins.)

 

followed by

NARROW PASSAGE TO THE DEEP NORTH
DIRECTOR: JOSEPH KRAKORA
US 2013

In this short film, director Krakora interweaves poetry with photographs and television footage of the March 2011 disaster into a thoughtful mosaic of the hearts and minds of the Japanese people. (23 mins.)

 

With community support from the Portland Japanese Garden.

 

Special thanks to the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, with additional support from Sapporo USA, the Japan America Society of Oregon, and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland.

JAPAN IN A DAY and NARROW PASSAGE TO THE DEEP NORTH screen Sunday, December 8 at 7pm and Monday, December 9 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) as part of the 2013 edition of our annual Japanese Currents series.

Tickets are available here or at the door.

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