Cinema with Us 2021

For the sixth festival in a row, we will offer a special program dedicated to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, entitled Cinema with Us. This project began out of the strong desire from the festival programmers, who knew filmmakers on the ground in the immediate aftermath of the disaster ten years ago, to “take the first step of sharing through film the ongoing situation there and beginning to foster new connections.” Through sharing time with others, we experience not only each other but the past and the present, as well as the connections among more minute memories, offering some possibility of resisting the simplification of all things, and thus speaking to the enormous role that film continues to play. The program this year will introduce four films that bring us face to face with the weight of these moments and connections.