東日本大震災ドキュメンタリー映画「Pray for Japan~心を一つに～」を3月14日夜観ました。スチュー・リービー監督が映画上映後舞台挨拶と質疑応答に来られ、近くのレストランでのスタッフとの打ち上げパーティーに参入。チケットの売り上げは全て東日本被災者を支援する非営利団体JEN (Japanese Emergency NGO) に送られる。 Film, "Pray for Japan": I saw the documentary film on March 14, 2012. The director, Stu Levy appeared on the stage after the show at AMC Del Amo Torrance (LA area) and greeted the audience and did Q&A session. All proceeds of the movie tickets will be sent to JEN (Japanese Emergency NGO) that has been supporting the victims of Eastern Japan Earthquake. Then, I was very fortunate to participate the celebration dinner with his staffs after the show.
この映画上映のことを3月11日に知らせてくれたＳさんによると、ロサンゼルス地域では、AMC Del Amo Torrance と AMC Blocks OCの2箇所で3月14日７ＰＭから上映。3月11日午後3時の時点で、AMC Torrance は、160人収容の部屋で86席売れ、AMC OC では、180人収容の部屋で30席売れている。かなり売れ残っている。
My friend S told me about this movie on March 11, 2012. In Los Angeles area, there are 2 locations, AMC Torrance and AMC Blocks OC, screening this movie from 7 pm on March 14, 2012, but the tickets were not selling well. At 3 pm on March 11th, 86 out of 160 seat room was sold at Torrance and 30 out of 180 seat room was sold at AMC OC.
Stu Levy and other staff members made this film without pay, and AMC theaters will be playing this film for free as a courtesy and all proceeds will be sent to Eastern Japan disaster victim support organization, JEN. Friend S told me, Setsuko, and Mie to write a blog and or spread the message by grass-roots email mailing lists. Friend S listed it on Japanese site, Vivinavi, herself twice. Then, the tickets got sold more and more.
On March 14th, 400 seats were sold at AMC Torrance, and they opened another room in the last minute. At AMC OC, it was moved to the largest room with 400 capacity, and half of it was full, and many other people bought tickets On-line to donate and did not show up. What a big success of the grass-roots-movements.
After watching this movie, I thought how vast and wide area the disaster struck. You don't know where to start the rescue, volunteering, and the clean-ups.
So many thousands of people lost houses, work buildings, family members, friends, everything they owned. There was no food or drinking water for the first 3 days. In the coastal region, most all city halls, prefecture state halls, police stations, schools, housings, Internet hot spots, telephone poles were washed away by the powerful Tsunami. Entire towns disappeared at some regions. There was no electricity, internet connection, telephone connection for days.
Then, thousands of volunteers rushed there to help by leaving their work and things behind from all over Japan and all over the world. What a huge love!
Three Pakistani guys came with truck load of food good for 1500 people when the people in the shelter was sharing one half of cold Rice Ball a day. They cooked hot Pakistani Curry Rice every day for 1 month as volunteers. They did the same when M8 Hanshin Earthquake struck Kobe and Osaka area in 1995.
Stu Levy was in Tokyo from March 9th, 2011 to make amends with his Japanese suppliers. Two days later the giant earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis struck. Within days, he abandoned everything and drove northeast up the coast to Ishinomaki city with a friend with truck load of food for 1000 people, rice, drinking water, etc. to volunteer for the recovery efforts by joining JEN. He took out the debris and muds from schools where people were using as shelters, and from other buildings.
Then a leader of JEN asked him to record a film of the clean-up efforts, so that they can show it to their children some days. Stu did 1 hour of filming a day and continued the clean-up efforts for six weeks.
I bow to them. It was very inspiring to see these people striving and making best efforts, cooperating, and those volunteers helping people with unconditional love. Then, I thought what can I do?
Stu was in the midst of a career meltdown. His 14-year-old company, TokyoPop, an L.A.-based importer and distributor of Japanese manga and anime, was in dire straits. Borders bookstores, one of his company’s premier retailers, was in bankruptcy and owed TokyoPop close to $1 million –- and Borders wasn’t paying. He rushed to Ishinomaki, the Tsunami struck area, right away, and the disaster scene was so devastating and huge. He thought his problem looked so tiny compared to it.
これを見逃した方は、3月16日から7日間限定で、AMC Burbank (LA近郊）と AMC New York で上映中です。是非観てください。また東京六本木のシネマートで3月11日から限定ロードショー中です。
If you missed to see the movie on March 14, it's been played atAMC Burbank (LA area) and AMC Empire 25 New York for 7 days from March 16, 2012. Also it's been played at Cinemart Roppongi in Tokyo for a limited time from March 11, 2012.
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