A Rain Story
Environmental Films Category
EARTH VISION Grand Prize
The beautiful, mysterious world of rain is visualized using the latest filming technology. Ultra-high speed cameras capture breathtaking images in Odaigahara, the rainiest area in Japan that receives an annual rainfall of 5,000 millimeters.
On the ground form lakes that only appear after summer heavy rains, allowing rare frogs to thrive. In winter, a unique natural phenomenon called “Glazed Frost Etakes place if rain falls unfrozen and the air temperature is below zero.
Through poetic cinematography, we discover just how rain enriches the natural beauty in Japan, a country unusually blessed with rain.
“Kawa No Hikari” (Light of the River)
Environmental Films for Children Category
Children EARTH VISION Award
Tata, Chichi, and their father are black rats who live on an urban riverbank. When human construction threatens their home, they set off upriver in search of a safe new place to live. Along the way, they survive being attacked by sewer rats and washed into a drain, and they encounter the other creatures who live in the city. “Kawa No Hikari Etells a moving story through their rat’s-eye view of urban life and nature.