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Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Lucy Walker’s “Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” goes to the epicenter of the natural disaster that struck Japan in 2011. The Academy-award nominated documentary filmmaker shoots during Cherry Blossom season, a powerful cultural image in Japan that speaks to rebirth and renewal.

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Filmmaker Lucy Walker filmed along the northeastern coast of Japan in 2011 the weeks after the Fukushima disaster. (All photos courtesy Lucy Walker)
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Filmmaker Lucy Walker filmed along the northeastern coast of Japan in 2011 the weeks after the Fukushima disaster. (All photos courtesy Lucy Walker)

The March 2011 tsunami reduced entire towns to rubble.
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The March 2011 tsunami reduced entire towns to rubble.

Logistics were difficult for the film crew, given the broken roads, lack of bottled water and energy black outs.
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Logistics were difficult for the film crew, given the broken roads, lack of bottled water and energy black outs.

Broken road in Japan after the tsunami
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Broken road in Japan after the tsunami

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