The following text is taken from an official National Geographic press release.
WASHINGTON (Jan. 31, 2012)—National Geographic-supported filmmaker Lucy Walker found her film “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” thrust onto the national stage last week when it was nominated for an Academy Award® in the Short Documentary Film category. Additionally, the film, an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, took home the Jury Prize in Short Film, Non-Fiction at Sundance.
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” is supported by a Women In Film/National Geographic All Roads Film Project Grant. The documentary shows survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami as they rebuild at the start of cherry blossom season. The film also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival Doc Conference and was an official selection of the Hamptons International Film Festival.
“All Roads has been working for years to support the creation and distribution of films by dynamic minority and indigenous culture storytellers,” said Francene Blythe, director of the All Roads Film Project. “This Oscar® nomination just confirms what we already knew: that the work of All Roads is supporting some of the best and brightest in film and giving them both the means to create their work as well as a platform to showcase it.”
Walker’s film will be screened at the Environmental Film Festival taking place in Washington, D.C., from March 13 to 25.