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Life Goes On screening and dinner

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Life endures. Six years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, in the beautiful land of Tohoku, on Japan’s North-Eastern coast, people stricken by immeasurable loss never give up on moving forward. Join us for a special screening of the documentary Life Goes On 一陽来復, and understand how resilience, fortitude, and benevolence prevail after an unimaginable disaster.

The JET Alumni Association of Washington DC [JETAADC] is proud to host an exclusive screening of this moving documentary here in DC. All collected proceeds will be given to the film director, donations warmly welcomed. Dinner will be provided.

Doors open at 6 PM for check-in and dinner; screening begins at 6:30 PM. For questions, please contact secretary@jetaadc.org.



Film trailer: https://youtu.be/FXxQ5QJty-A

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Seven years on from the March 11, 2011, Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, what is life like in the affected prefectures? How do people who have suffered and lost so much carry on? And what does that say about the resilience of the human spirit in the wake of disaster?

This film follows the lives of several survivors of the Triple Disasters of 3.11 in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures and gives us a window into their daily efforts to keep meaning in their lives and find ways to create something positive out of an overwhelmingly destructive experience.

Ishinomaki, Miyagi - The tsunami that swept away the house of woodworker and his wife deprived them of a lot more than their possessions, for when it went, it took their three children with it. “You wonder if hell is real,” says the husband; yet, an incident restored his faith in work and drove him to establish a charity group, even though his wife blamed him for their loss. Six years have passed, and now the couple revisits the site where their house stood because…

Minamisanriku, Miyagi - A five-year-old girl, proficient at using the abacus, lost her father to the tsunami before she was born. Although she doesn’t understand the disaster, she knows the father she sees in photographs will always be beside her.

Kamaishi, Iwate - In a small town largely destroyed by the tsunami, a shrine symbolizes recovery. Surrounded by profound devastation, what drives denizens to go to the shrine and strive for the revival of their annual autumn festival?

Kawauchi, Fukushima - A farmer, thirty kilometers away from of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, defied the evacuation order and remained in his village, to keep growing rice. He alone tended to his crop within the parameters of the evacuation zone. When they tested the crop for irradiation, the result was…

Among others that include an oyster farmer, a hotel manager, a store owner, a florist, a retired man who lost his family, this documentary reveals the hidden stories of those affected by the disaster six years on.

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