Friday, May 11, 2012

Shinsedai Cinema Festival Supports Niji-Iro Cinema Support Project!

We apologize for the lack of updates on the blog recently, but Niji-Iro Cinema has certainly been active in 2012 with screenings in Minamisoma (Fukushima prefecture), Aizumisato-machi (Fukushima prefecture), Ishinomaki (Miyagi prefecture) and this weekend in Otsuchi-cho (Iwate prefecture). We have many pictures and recollections that we want to share on this blog when time allows.

A special thanks to the ongoing support from the Shinsedai Cinema Festival (July 12-15), based in Toronto Canada. Shinsedai and its tireless director Chris MaGee have raised money for the Niji-Iro Cinema Support Project previously and will do so again with proceeds from an upcoming screening at this year's edition (details here).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Santa Claus Joins the Niji-iro Cinema Screenings!!

We worried about the weather on Christmas Eve, but fortunately Sun rised in a beautiful morning of December 24th. We hired 5 food stands with kind donation from Niji-iro (Rainbow) Cinema supporters, so we were very relived this clear sky even though it was freezing cold.


While we started screening the Hollywood cinema, people started lining up for hot meals. The purpose of setting up this support project is to hire the local people suffering from less opportunities of jobs, and also providing hot and festival meals to local people.  Since the local stores have been on business, we charged 200 yen (less than a half usual price) not to interfer local shops business fully.  This is the compromised plan based on local people's advise.


Then, Santa Claus appeared to welcome all guests!

Kids were very excited about meeting Santa Claus and were getting close to him to say hi!
Of course, this Santa Claus spoke only in English, so I served as an interpreter. ワs位tすっぽ

"Ho ho ho!  Have you been a good boy/ good girl?"




Once again, we would like to show sincere thankful feelings to everyone helping us and donating to make this happen! Without your help, we could not meet so many smiling faces.


Little kids are helping their mother and father to make and sell crapes.


Thanks message from the children working at the food stands for everyone who kindly joined the donation at the Birthday party for Go and Iso.


Thank you so much for your kind support "Nippon Connection". Marion, I really appreciate your iniciative to join this support!  He is a Takoyaki (Octpus Ball) maker. His Takoyaki is so delicious.

Thank you so much for your continuing support, TOKYO FILMeX!

While kids are playing with Santa Claus, the film screenings were going on and many people enjoyed it! And some of children helped our staff to make and distribute popcorn!


At the second venue "Ohashi community Hall" where is located in the center of temporary housing premisie. Over 500 families has lived there.  These community hall is built in the temporary housing premisis to gather people and get know each other. Many volunteer groups and organizations have been organized many events, so people live there to meet people.  At the temparary housings,  many people have lived there without knowing who are their neighbors.  Providing occasions to meet and talk each other are very important, so even people living by themselves can know they are not alone!


At the second venue, we organized one screening. And through Yu home clinic help, the company based in Osaka organized the workshop how to make the chest with cardbord box, with olunteery help with Niji-iro members and some students from the Rikkyo university in Tokyo. So many people joined to enjoyed creating it.


Everyone can draw or put cute seals to make it very special one to each owner!

While I was walking from the first venue to the second venue, I bumped into the lady I met last time I visited Ishinomaki for the screenings.  I was so happy she remembered me!
She was carrying many stuff provided the support products from the other volunteer group, I was helping to carry them to her house.  She asked me to come and join the coffee, and also wanted me to see the chest she created one day before.  The coffee she made me was so delicious!


Last time, she told me that she lost mother and aunt by Tsunami and became alone.  He mother loved movies so much and they went to see films together often.  But now... she doesn't feel like going to the theater by herself since the area where the theater has not changed much, so it is very difficult to accept the reality she has been facing. So she thanks us so much for coming to show the films where she can watch with many people together. Popcorn with caramel flavor was her mother's favorite, so she offered it to her BUtsudan.


様々なドラマがあります。 本当に苦しくなるドラマ。

Once thing I can say is, the temporary housing is really cold... even though the AC is installed, but survivors have to pay the bill by themselves, so it is not so easy to use... How lone do they have to live there?


At the second venue, Santa Claus showed up for children!

When Santa Claus and I went back to the first venue, our friend Yamada-san visited us from Onagawa with his families.


When kids are leaving, Santa Claus distributed the Christmas gift to everyone!

We prepared about 200 gift bags and almost all have been distributed.

Kid's smile made us feel hope and encouraged us to keep going on!
Thank you so much for your support on or activities. In Jan, we will visit Minami Soma in Fukushima on 21 and 22. People in Fukushima have been facing very critical and difficult situation since 3.11. I am very happy to go back there since June. I will report how the screening goes there, and also the situation and people there in the next entry.

Once again, Thank you for your kind support and love to Niji-iro (Rainbow) Cinema and Nijiiro Cinema Support Project Fund.