“Tsunami Ladies” Documentary Screening and Discussion

December 3, 2021, 3:00 pm

Join us for the English language premiere and discussion of the celebrated documentary, “Tsunami Ladies” on December 3rd: 3pm- 4pm PT.

To RSVP, click the zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88937222724

Resilience can be created anywhere, even at the kitchen table.

In this online event we will present the first episode of the documentary “Tsunami Ladies”, featuring six women from Chile and Japan who survived the massive tsunamis that devastated their villages in 2010 and 2011.

Three Chilean and Japanese cooks meet each other in Japan to share their stories and cook together. Food played a vital role in helping their communities rebuild and recover. The documentary celebrates these women who cooked for survivors during the crisis and helped revive their local economies.

The film was presented during the United Nations World Tsunami Awareness Day and is part of Sendai’s commitments. It features the voiceover of Dr. Lucy Jones as storyteller for the English version of Episode 1.

“In the tsunamis of Chile in 2010 and Japan in 2011, women took a leadership position in the recovery of their local communities”, says Dr. Lucy Jones. “One of our motivations was to allow these women to exchange their experiences. We also wanted to explore cooking as a bridge between cultures”, says Megumi Ishimoto, from Japanese NGO Women’s Eye.

The producers will also talk about the upcoming episode two of “Tsunami Ladies”, connecting women in Japan and Alaska across the Pacific after the 2011 tsunami.


Dr. Lucy Jones – Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society
Megumi Ishimoto – Women’s Eye
Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch and Victor Orellana – Co-producers of “Tsunami Ladies”
Amanda Siok – FEMA


  1. Introduction to the project from:

    Megumi Ishimoto. The role of women in disasters

    Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch: food and storytelling as universal connectors

    Victor Orellana: creating bonds kizunas accross the Ocean

  2. Projection of the documentary (22 mins)
  3. Reflections from:

    Dr Lucy Jones: resilient communities connected across the Pacific

    Amanda Siok (FEMA): Sharing knowledge and experiences with tsunamis across the Pacific

  4. Q&A
  5. Closing remarks

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