Taylor was a JET teacher, an English language assistant teacher in Ishinomaki Japan. When the earthquake struck, she helped to evacuate the children from her school to higher ground in anticipation of a tsunami. Once the kids were safe, Taylor realized that she had forgotten her cell phone at home and had no way to call her family. A teacher said, “The tsunami is coming” and Taylor nodded in acknowledgment but because a previous tsunami earlier that week had only been a few inches high, she took off on her bike. A 30 meter high wave engulfed Ishinomaki and Taylor never made it. LIVE YOUR DREAM is a testament to her life in Japan and the children she taught. It is also a testament to all the JET teachers of Tohoku who faced and met the challenges created by this unprecedented disaster.The film is 85 minutes long with subtitles for American and Japanese audiences.
You can find more information about the film premiere including the panelists at these links: www.st.catherines.org/
Mr. Regge Life
producer/director of documentary films
Producer/Director Regge Life’s award winning ethnographic documentaries on Asia, West Africa and the Caribbean have won him international praise. His films are part of the permanent collections at more than 800 schools and libraries worldwide.
After serving as an NEA Creative Artist Fellow in Japan, he went on to produce an award winning trilogy of films, STRUGGLE AND SUCCESS: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN JAPAN, DOUBLES: JAPAN AND AMERICA’S INTERCULTURAL CHILDREN and AFTER AMERICA…AFTER JAPAN. His most recent film is REASON TO HOPE, that chronicles the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.