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February 25 2012

Pray for Japan Hits Theaters on March 14

Pray for JapanAs we approach the first anniversary of the Japan Earthquake-Tsunami of March 11, a documentary is due to be released that will show you what the aftermath was like, and how the people of Japan pulled together to rebuild their lives.

In the time that has passed since the March 11 tragedy, I have followed all of the news that has come from the story, and the hashtag #fukushima has been a staple of my TweetDeck ever since.  Things are still not good there as the nuclear plant continues to expel radiation, and the pollution spreads to other parts of the world. The media, for the most part, has forgotten the story and moved on to covering whirlwind marriages that last 72 days, while the people in this disaster still struggle to get their lives back on track.

Stu Levy, an American living in Japan, opted to document the aftermath for six weeks as he volunteered to help with cleanup in the Tohoku region.  His film, Pray for Japan, will be released on March 14 with proceeds going to charities that support the recovery efforts.  You can learn more about the film and where it will be shown on the site, PrayforJapan-film.org. You can read the synopsis and watch the trailer below.

On March 11, 2011, Japan’s Tohoku coastal region was destroyed by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami that followed.  PRAY FOR JAPAN takes place in the devastated region of Ishinomaki, Miyagi – the largest coastal city in Tohoku with a population of over 160,000 people. Filmmaker Stu Levy – an American living in Japan – filmed the tsunami aftermath during his trips to Tohoku as a volunteer and over a period of 6 weeks, captured over 50 hours of footage.

PRAY FOR JAPAN focuses on four key perspectives of the tragedy – School, Shelter, Family, and Volunteers. With each perspective we meet victims who faced significant obstacles and fought to overcome them. Through these four vantage points, the audience is able to understand the vast ramifications of this large-scale natural disaster – and the battle these real-life heroes fought on behalf of their loved ones and their hometown.

Losing loved ones cuts emotional scars which run deep.

We can help heal these wounds by paying tribute to the amazing resilience and quiet spirit of the many victims and volunteers of Tohoku. By letting them know we admire and respect them, we encourage them to continue the good fight – at a time when even the strongest warriors would grow weary. We also gain insight into how our own inner strength can help us if we ever find ourselves in a life-threatening situation.

We can all learn from these incredible heroes!

Over the next few weeks, I plan to have several more posts about the state of the disaster as it stands today.



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