Following this one-time showing will be a Q&A session with director Wesley Julian.
In collaboration with the Omaha Sister Cities Association, Film Streams presents a special free Filmmaker’s Screening of TOHOKU TOMO at the Ruth Sokolof Theater. The documentary features interviews with volunteers from across the globe who responded to the 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake that affected areas in and around Tohoku, Japan.
The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 and ensuing tsunami left behind massive devastation, perhaps best symbolized by the imperiled Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant, located in the Tohoku region. The tragedy drew the support of donors and volunteers from all over the world, some of whom continue to help deal with the aftermath of the quake nearly four years later.
Inspired by the spirit of these aid workers, director Wesley Julian and crew began documenting their efforts in 2013. TOHOKU TOMO, translating to “friends of Tohoku,” is the result. Featuring interviews with everyday people who put their lives on hold to rally around the victims of the disaster, the film captures the spirit of fellowship that is also at the heart of the Sister Cities program.
Tickets for this free screening are limited to four per person and can be reserved by clicking the showtime below or through the Film Streams Box Office in person or at 402-933-0259 x15.
Free admission is made possible by Kutak Rock LLP and Wesley Julian’s transportation is supported by Jim & Karen Linder.
This special Filmmaker’s Screening kicks off a year of programs celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Omaha’s first Sister City partnership – with Shizuoka. Omaha has since twinned with five more cities: Braunschweig, Germany; Siauliai, Lithuania; Naas, Ireland; Xalapa, Mexico; and Yantai, China.