— by Takahiro Kanazawa: When a six-meter tsunami swallowed the coast of his Iwate home on the afternoon of March 11, 2011, Keishi Otomo was directing a film in Kyoto, unable to do anything except watch the tragedy unfold through the pixels of a TV screen. “I thought about going back to Iwate but my very first independent project had just kicked off and a lot of staff had already started working on the movie, so I couldn’t pause it all and return home,” Otomo recalls. “For the past nine years, I’ve had a sense of guilt because I couldn’t be in Iwate when the tragedy attacked my hometown.” […]

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