Docs Ireland: All of Our Heartbeats are Connected Through Exploding Stars

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CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)Jennifer Rainsford
Running Time1HR 17MINS
Extra InfoRec 18+
SeasonDocs Ireland 2024

With the 2011 Japanese tsunami as a backdrop, Jennifer Rainsford's debut feature is an epic odyssey on how humans and nature rebuild and heal after catastrophe.

On March 11, 2011, the largest earthquake in modern history hit Japan and then, thirty minutes later, dark tsunami waves roared in over the coast of North-Eastern Japan, dragging cars, homes and lives out into the sea.

In the film, we meet Yasu who has done over 100 dives in search of his lost wife; Sachiko keeps writing letters to her husband who was taken by the wave; and Satoko, a young woman who struggles with overcoming her trauma from the disaster.

On the other side of the ocean, on the Hawaiian island of Kaho’olawe, a group of volunteers are gathering to clean the beach from Japanese tsunami debris floating in from the ocean. They all share stories of the aftermath.

This dreamy, wandering film drifts like the plankton it so meaningfully describes.


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