“Stories from Tohoku”

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The documentary Stories from Tohoku screens at CAAMFest San Jose on Saturday, September 6 at 12:30 p.m. The film gives voice to survivors of the 2011 Japan tsunami and nuclear crisis.

Stories from Tohoku urges us not to forget. The documentary gives a voice to the survivors — many still living in temporary housing, struggling to make ends meet — while skillfully interweaving their stories with those of Japanese American leaders continuing to raise money and organizing trips to the region. The endurance and frustration of the survivors and the hope inspired by their visitors are explored in this complex portrait. Uplifting footage of the first foreign delegation, led by Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, to visit this trans-Pacific community is also shown. Stories is a heartfelt, inspiring testament to the traditional Japanese value of gaman (perseverance). At the same time, it acknowledges the many challenges that still face the residents of Tohoku.” – CAAM

Filmmakers Dianne Fukumi and Eli Olson will be at the screening. Watch the trailer below.

Main image: Kristi Yamaguchi visits Japan after the 2011 tsunami in Stories From Tohoku. Screening co-Presented by Contemporary Asian Theater Scene, United Nations Associations Film Festival and Young Filipino Professionals Association.