|Tuesday Feb 19, 2013 7:00 PM - Tuesday Feb 19, 2013 9:00 PM | $8.00
Ikkatsu: The Roadless Coast
With the debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami drifting on ocean currents toward the coast of North America, a small group of skilled sea-kayakers set out to document the flotsam as it began to come ashore along the remote and roadless Washington coast. Over the course of the summer, the team filmed their paddling adventures as well as the beach survey processes and the result is a documentary that details every aspect of the project, from inception to completion.
Pollution, specifically plastic and other floating debris, is a very real threat to our oceans and to untouched ecosystems like the wild Olympic coast. The film details the issue of marine debris as well as highlights the portion of the problem that can be directly attributed to the tsunami. Pieces of a Japanese house were found at one northern peninsula beach and a soccer ball that came from a small village was found on another. These personal items bring the tragedy home in a way that nothing else can, and the story of the Ikkatsu Project includes the human interest side of the tale as well as emphasizing the scientific and ecological elements that drive the discussion.
Ikkatsu is a Japanese word that means "united as one," which is a concept that the tsunami debris illustrates in a powerful way. This project is an attempt to understand how we are connected and how no matter how distant and separate something may seem at first glance, we are all riding on the same planet. The vast expanse of the oceans doesn't keep us apart; it is what joins us together.
The evening will feature the film and a question-and-answer session with the Ikkatsu team following the showing. A selection of items found on the trip will be on display as well as information about the upcoming 2013 expedition, another beach survey journey in south-central Alaska.
Future information and updates to the project will be posted at http://ikkatsuproject.org
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