“Kore Kara” is a Japanese phrase which means "from now" and is used when talking about hopes, aspirations and the future.
"Kore Kara" is also the title of a upcoming documentary which has the goal of encouraging children to look to the future despite Japan’s devestating March, 2011 disasters.
We were personally heartbroken to learn that some of the children affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster worry that other countries will have a lower opinion of Japan as a whole, and that this may limit their opportunities. One goal of our documentary is to send a message of support to these kids, and to provide an outlet for them to share their own hopes and dreams, and what they envision for the future of Japan.
The documentary will not dwell on the tragedy. Footage of the tsunami and its aftermath (which have already been thoroughly documented) will be left out, and our subjects will not be asked to recount their painful memories of March 11. Rather, they will be asked the simple question: “What do you want to do in the future?” Some have expressed the desire to become rescue workers, or train as nurses or scientists in order to help future generations overcome disasters.
We have already had one wonderful week of filming with kids in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, one of the many towns that were hit hard by the March, 2011 tsunami, from which they are still recovering. Now we need to go back for a second week of filming. Although we are able to film cheaply with the help of our associate producer, who lives in Kesennuma, traveling in Japan is expensive!
Your contributions will help pay for:
- Train tickets for the Tokyo-based members of our crew to travel to Kesennuma to complete filming.
- Post-production costs for sound mastering, DVD authoring and other expenses.
- Hall rental so we can hold a premiere screening in Kesennuma for the kids interviewed in the film and their parents.
- A screening of the film in Tokyo for international journalists.
- The creation of a lesson guide based on the documentary, so teachers both in Japan and around the world can share the strength and resilience of these Japanese children with their students.
All contributors and supporters will become part of our online community and will receive news on the documentary, screening and events, as well as updates on the kids featured in the film as they move forward toward their goals. We also have wonderful perks to thank you for your contributions.
Kore Kara will not end with the completion of the documentary. We will be encouraging the children who participate in the film to pursue their dreams by involving them in an online community that supports their goals.
We plan to make the documentary and a lesson guide available to teachers both in Japan and around the world, so they can share this powerful message of resilience with students—even the youngest members of society can overcome life-changing calamity and see beyond to the bright future they will create for themselves.
We understand that not everyone will be able to make a contribution. However, you can still be part of our community!
Please "like" our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/korekaraproject/ to get updates on the documentary, Kesennuma's recovery, and the kids as they move forward toward their goals for the future.