Competition Documentary Shorts
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
DIRECTED BY LUCY WALKER
USA, 2011, 41 MIN
IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Devastation is antecedent to rebirth. Japan’s most cherished flower pushes out its blossoms even as the hardest-hit survivors struggle to understand what has happened in the midst and aftermath of the recent tsunami. This Oscar®-nominated short film by 2011 Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker (Waste Land)—both stark and vivid in its visual poetry—offers an unforgettable contemplation on the ephemeral truths of life and nature. Music by Moby.
Lucy Walker (“The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom”) directed four feature documentaries prior to “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.” Three of these have premiered at Sundance. Her previous work has been nominated for an Academy Award®, 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.