|Description||The Baylor Department of Modern Foreign Languages is sponsoring a screening of the documentary film “Kyoomamoru" or "Protecting Today: Voices from Rikuzen-Takata after the Tsunami" on Tuesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 102 of Morrison Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public.
"Kyo-o mamoru” (2011) depicts the lives of people who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. In order to record their lives after the earthquake, Ms. Yuka Kanno interviewed people in her hometown, including her mother, her childhood classmates, and their parents. This documentary film turned out to be unique and effective as she was able to bring out insights that only a person who shared the same experience could do. The film was first presented at Yamanashi Film Festival in 2011, and it has been shown throughout Japan. This is the world premiere of the film outside Japan.
Ms. Kanno is from Rikuzen-takata in Iwate. She is currently a junior at Yamanashi Prefectural University. Her home was destroyed by the tsunami. She also lost three friends who had been her classmates in junior high school.
As part of the film showing at Baylor there will be a book donation drive for children who were affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Minami Sanriku city, Japan. Please bring simple stories like picture books or fairy tales (written in English). These books will be delivered to them by the students who are participating in the Baylor in Japan Summer Program.
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