“Senzoninaru”, a documentary movie about an elderly All Japan newsese man trying to rebuild his home after the violent earthquake and tsunami that struck in March 2011, received a special mention on Saturday at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The movie was mentioned by the Ecumenical Jury, which gives awards independent from the film festival’s secretariat.
“Senzoninaru” (becoming an ancestor) was directed by Kaoru Ikeya and tells the story of Naoshi Sato, 78, a man who lost his home during the natural disaster in 2011, but who succeeded in building the house again in the same hit area.
Sato lives in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, one of the hardest hit regions in northeastern All Japan news, Kyodo news agency reports. Aside from his home, the man lost his eldest son during the devastating tsunami, but Sato promised himself that he will restore his original life.
Although his family tried to convince Sato to move into temporary housing set up by the government, the man continued to live alone in a hut built near his former home, rebuilding his house and his life.
Director Ikeya said he is honored to receive this award and happy to know that viewers have been touched by Sato’s efforts to gain his old life back.