The event will show four disaster-related films, including the 2010 “Haru’s Journey,” which provides an insider’s look at Japanese culture through its themes of acceptance, endurance and familial commitment, and the 2011 documentary “Fukushima Hula girls”, which tells the struggle of a group of hula dancers of “Spa Resort Hawaiians” to overcome the March 11 earthquake and re-open the facility in tsunami-hit Iwaki city, Fukushima prefecture.
Also screening are “Rock: Wanko’s island” (2011), which tells the true story of a family from the small island of Miyakejima who had to abandon their beloved dog, Rock, when a massive volcanic eruption in August 2000 forced all residents to evacuate the island; and “Quartet” (2012), which was made about a music-loving family in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Urayasu City, which was affected by severe soil liquefactions after the March 11 Earthquake.
There will also be lectures by Japanese professors Toru Takanarita of Sendai University and Taro Igarashi of Tohoku University on the role and activities of architects during and after the March 11 Earthquake. Both lectures will be delivered in Japanese with simultaneous interpretation into Vietnamese.
The Japan Foundation said the event aims to provide the most updated information on the current situation and recovery of the affected areas, as well as lessons and issues learned from this experience.
The 2011 Tohoku Earthquake of the Pacific coast in Japan occurred on Friday 11 March with a magnitude of 9.0. The fourth strongest earthquake in the last centuries triggered a tremendously large tsunami and resulted in 15,854 deaths, 6,023 injured and 3,276 people missing (as of 2 March 2012) in the North Eastern region of the country.
With Vietnamese subtitles and simultaneous interpretation, the program will be held from 8am-12am, March 10 at the Conference Room, The National Library, Hanoi and March 12 at C103 Room, HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh.
Admission is free but registration is recommended.