The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

The Japanese earthquake and tsunami last March have the dubious distinction of being the most visually documented disasters ever. Award-winning British filmmaker Lucy Walker (Waste Land) intersperses a small percentage of that footage with introspective sequences of the aftermath to create a meditation on the tenacity of hope. Contrasting the devastation of the earthquake with the simple beauty of the Japanese cherry blossom, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom captures the resilience of people after disaster. The rejuvenating Japanese ritual surrounding those fragile flowers signals the persistence of nature and the renewal of the spirit.

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