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indieWIRE’s Project of the Day: Celebrating Heroes with “Pray for Japan”

indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Celebrating Heroes with "Pray for Japan"

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“Pray for Japan”

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This documentary celebrates the real life heroes who are working to help the Tohoku region of Japan recover from the devastating 3/11 Quake.

Elevator Pitch:

On March 11, 2011 an unprecedented natural disaster hit the northeastern region of Japan, caused by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Pray For Japan: The Film is a documentary feature film project that was shot over a period of six weeks in the devastated Tohoku region of Japan. Most of the filming was done in the coastal community of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The documentary weaves together several stories of real-life heroes working to heal the stricken land and its people.

Production Team:

Director: Stu Levy
Producer: Stu Levy
Cinematographer: Stu Levy
Assistant Camera: Susumu Nihashi
Field sound: Hiromi Ujiie, Nori Waki
Sound Design: Ben Chan
Music: Ben Chan
Editors: Noriko Miyakawa, Emiko Kagawa, Nobuo Mita, Susumu Kimura, Daisuke Kinouchi

About the Production:

“I believe we can help heal these wounds by paying tribute to the amazing resilience and quiet spirit of the many victims and volunteers of Tohoku. By letting them know we admire and respect them, we encourage them to continue the good fight – at a time when even the strongest warriors would grow weary. We also gain insight into how our own inner strength can help us if we ever find ourselves in a life-threatening situation. I believe we can all learn from these incredible heroes.” — Stu Levy

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