The short film, Sakura Sakura, turned into a 20 minute short called Akebono (the type of cherry tree that was transplanted and blooms every spring with a beautiful pale umbrella of cherry blossoms in Oppenheimer Park.)
AKEBONO, a short film by Linda Ohama
Comment from Canadian poet, writer Daphne Marlatt:
dear Linda, we saw your "Akebono" today at the Powell Street Festival & found it so moving. it's a wonderful documentary that carries the roots of the JC community with it as we watch the tree's roots being cut as it's made ready for transplanting. that you wove in the First Nations people who were there drumming & praying for that tree's spirit is so true to the feel of the park as it is today. the film is such a poignant tribute to the spirit of the Issei -- caught in the face, the words & the singing of Mrs. Inouye (if that's a misspelling, forgive me.) yes, the spirit of an extraordinary generation. i just had to write to thank you for making that film. Daphne Marlatt
For more details about Akebono, please contact Linda Ohama at firstname.lastname@example.org
The film is available on dvd.
This video was created to raise awareness of the cultural significance of the Legacy Sakura (cherry blossom trees) in Oppenheimer Park, Vancouver, BC.
The park is being re-developed and it's important that the historical, spiritual and cultural value of the trees be taken into consideration.