Death and Life: “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

Death and Life: “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

Just over a year ago, the strongest earthquake in its history struck Japan, creating a tsunami that crippled nuclear reactors, washed away towns, and killed and displaced thousands of people.

(“The Tsunamni and the Cherry Blossom” photo)

But hope often springs from natural disasters. The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossomdirected by Lucy Walker won the Jury Prize for Short Film Non-Fiction at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Short Subject Documentary. Its images of the devastation are terrifying, while those of cherry blossoms in bloom are calming.

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As spring nears, cherry trees in both Japan and the United States turn the world pink. For more on the history of the tree and its beauty, we turn to this report by our Repost.US syndication partner, the PBS NewsHour:

For Hundreds of Years, Cherry Blossoms Are Matter of Life and Death (via PBS News Hour)

By: Ellen Rolfes Cherry blossom trees in bloom in Washington, D.C., shot and edited by Cindy Huang. After a chilly start to spring on the East Coast, cherry trees are in full bloom in Washington, D.C. But the trees’ pink and white blossoms are not just beautiful. They’ve been an evolving symbol of…

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