I had heard about this documentary, “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”, filmed about 1 month after the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. I finally got a chance to see it, and it’s both heartbreaking and hopeful, beautifully filmed scenes of people coping with the chaos, death and destruction, with the wistful contrast of the iconic Japanese cherry trees blooming amid the debris. The maker of the film, Lucy Walker, captures the sadness, the hope, and some of the spirit of the Japanese people, in their own words, and in the images of their land.
If you get a chance, the documentary is on HBO now, and may be available other places. The trailer is on YouTube, below.