FILM | TSUNEO GODA + SADE RELEASE ANIMATED SHORT FILM “BY YOUR SIDE” TO BENEFIT THE CHILDREN OF JAPAN’S GREAT EARTHQUAKE
In an attempt to raise awareness of the needs of Japanese children who have been traumatised by the devastating impact of the Great Eastern Japan earthquake of 2011, the creatives at Zapuni today released the new animated short film “By Your Side” on the third anniversary of the earthquake. Two years in the making, musician Sade, animator Tsuneo Goda, and filmmakers Dwarf and Gregory Rood came up with this little gem to express a feeling of love and solidarity with the affected children of this natural disaster. Watch now and support at Zapuni.com
About “By your side”
Soon after the Great East Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami,
Gregory Rood, a filmmaker and artist from New Zealand,
launched Zapuni to bring together Japanese visualartists
and world famous recording artists for the creation of films
to support children affected by the disaster.
I ended up getting involved
by working with Sade via their song “By Your Side.”
Using the lyrics,
“I’ll be there / Hold you tight to me” as a starting point,
I created the animation.
The March 2011 disaster
and the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant
exponentially complicated the problems we face.
There are many sides to the debate about nuclear power,
but what about the people who are losing jobs,
having to give up their homes to be safe?
Can we say, “Well, unfortunately they had to evacuate,”
and leave it at that?
For me, living an easy life, it was not something I could ignore.
There was a disaster…
Many people have been through something awful…
Hoping that a cheerful everyday life will return to Tohoku…
It’s a bit much, maybe, but wanting to “hold them tight to me…”
I don’t want to forget any of these things,
and that is why I joined this project.
I want to support these children
who have such immense challenges to overcome.
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