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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 13:50

Rainier-native has latest documentary at Calgary Film Festival

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Linda Ohama, a native of Rainier, has her latest documentary project featured at the Calgary Film Festival which started Sept. 21 and ends Oct. 2.

'Tohoku no Shingetsu: A New Moon Over Tohoku' is a moving story of love, survival and Japanese tradition in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Northeastern Japan.
Shot on location over 2.5 years in the coastal villages of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, this film chronicles a healing journey of both the Canadian-Japanese filmmaker and the Japanese residents affected by the disaster.
For the first time voices from the Tohoku people speak out, breaking away from their cultural silence to share their own stories. They speak of the profound, mystical understanding that strength has always come from their ancestors, and that they too now hold a unique place in the Japanese cultural continuum of survival. A young boy with a dream for the future and an old samurai with a new battle to fight: both discover something intangible and yet so essential to human life.
Ohama is a third generation (sansei) Japanese Canadian who was raised on a potato farm in Southern Alberta, and now lives in Greater Vancouver. She films in Canada and Japan (Onomichi, Hiroshima), and her ten title filmography includes notable features The Last Harvest (1991), Neighbours, Wild Horses & Cowboys (1997), and Obaachan’s Garden (2001). She has won a number of awards for her works including the Canadian Heritage Award in 1993 and VIFF's Audience Choice Award in 2001 for Obaachan's Garden.
Ohama's film will be showing starting Sept. 30 at 6:45 p.m at the Eau Claire Threatre No. 4 and Oct. 1 at Globe Up at 1:45 p.m. More information is online at:

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