The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Saturday, April 14th, 1:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Survivors in the hardest-hit areas of Japan's recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins in this stunning visual haiku about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing power of Japan's most beloved flower.

Nominated for a 2012 Academy Award: Documentary (Short Subject).

Followed by a discussion with William Kelly, Professor of Japanese Studies at Yale, and environmental historian Barry Muchnick. Moderated by Aaron Gerow, Assoc. Professor of Film Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale.

About the Filmmaker

Prior to The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Lucy Walker directed four feature documentaries: Devil’s Playground, which premiered at the 2002 Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award; Blindsight, which premiered at Toronto in 2006; and Waste Land, which played at the 2011 Environmental Film Festival at Yale. Waste Land won the EFFY Audience Award and was nominated for an Academy Award, and Walker has also been nominated for five Emmys and a number of other honors. Walker grew up in London and graduated from Oxford University before winning a Fulbright Scholarship to attend NYU.

Preceded By: Chasing Water

20 min. In Chasing Water, photojournalist Peter McBride sets out to document the flow of the Colorado River from source to sea.

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Saturday, April 14th, 1:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2011
Running Time: 39 Min.


Director: Lucy Walker
Executive Producers: Tim Case, Charles V. Salice
Producers: Kira Carstensen, Lucy Walker
Associate Producers: Charleen Manca, Nicole Visram
Cinematographer: Aaron Phillips
Editor: Aki Mizutani
Music: Moby

2012 Films & Events

· Bananas!*
· Bestiaire
· Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
· Chimpanzee
· Colin Beavan, ‘No Impact Man’
· Eating Alabama
· EFFY After Dark
· Enjoy Your Meal!
· Filmmaking Workshop with Andrew Grace
· Surviving Progress
· The Atomic States of America
· The Island President
· The Last Mountain
· The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
· The Whale