Stories from Tohoku, a documentary created by USJC Members Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi, shows the roles some Japanese Americans played in the relief and recovery efforts following the Great East Japan Earthquake. The film is supported in part by the U.S.-Japan Council's Earthquake Relief Fund. Olympic Gold Medalist and Member of the USJC Board of Councilors Kristi Yamaguchi is part of the film, which was an official selection of the CAAM Fest (presented by the Center for Asian American Media) and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this year.
Stories from Tohoku will be shown on television this weekend. Los Angeles area residents will be able to see it on KCETLink this Sunday, May 18 at 6am and 2pm Pacific, as well as on Friday, May 23 at 9pm on KCET-HD (http://www.kcet.org/shows/japanese_american_lives/stories-from-tohuku.html). Dish Network and DirecTV subscribers can watch it tomorrow, May 16 at 7pm Pacific (DirecTV channel 375, DISH Network channel 9410).
The documentary is part of the KCET series Japanese American Lives (http://www.kcet.org/shows/japanese_american_lives/), which showcases the richness of the Japanese American experience, including a 99-year-old judo master and founders of the Asian American jazz movement.
For more information about the film, see: http://storiesfromtohoku.com/