Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Japan Local Government Center – 3 Park Avenue, 20th Floor
Suggested Donation: $10
The JET Programme Alumni Association of New York will screen the documentary film Tohoku Tomo – “Friends of Tohoku” in Japanese – to mark the fourth anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake. In the documentary Chicago-based filmmaker Wesley Julian interviews people involved in the rebuilding of Tohoku to bring attention to the ongoing recovery efforts in the Tohoku region of Japan, which was directly impacted by the disaster.
Julian, a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, was in Japan on March 11, 2011, when the earthquake struck. Seeing the devastation first-hand and losing a close friend in the tsunami, he returned to the States committed to spotlighting the ongoing needs in the areas devastated by the tsunami. In 2013, with funding raised from a Kickstarter campaign, Julian and a small team traveled back to Japan to interview individuals and organizations that have been working in the Tohoku region since March 11.
The film includes more than a dozen interviews and footage from the impacted areas, and features J-Pop artist Maynard Plant from the band Monkey Majik; Stu Levy, producer of the film Pray for Japan; and host of Tokyofoodcast, Etsuko Nakamura. Tohoku Tomo is a story of true friendship and commitment to Japan’s recovery by the international community following The Great East Japan Earthquake.
A panel discussion will explore how cultural and societal factors may have impacted the resilience and coping strategies among people in Tohoku and consider strategies for mental health workers to build cultural competency in disaster response.
To reserve your seat and to make a donation, please visit JETAANY’s website. All donations will be matched by Global Giving on March 11 to support the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, which was established in the name of one of two JETs who perished in the disaster.