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Tohoku: Japan Rising

Posted on 10/24/2017 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

How do people heal after experiencing devastation? In this episode of Music Voyager, host Jacob Edgar visits Japan’s Tohoku region to see how residents are recovering from the 2011 tsunami. He finds that neighborhoods have rebuilt at a surprisingly fast pace, but the emotional toll still remains. Jacob asks: “With the harsh realities of life after such a disaster, does music even really matter?” The answer: a resounding yes. Composer-musicians Ryuichi Sakamoto and Otomo Yoshihide gather a group of middle and high school students from the region to perform as the Tohoku Youth Orchestra, and to share in the experience of art as a form of healing. The music they play together is gorgeous and profound, but I’m mostly moved by the catharsis it unlocks for the students. Beautiful.

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About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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