20th Animation Division Jury Selections
Chieri and Cherry
Animated feature film
NAKAMURA Makoto [Japan]
An original frame-by-frame puppet animation that carries a profound message about the recovery and future of the region devastated by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. Chieri, a lonely young girl who lost her beloved father in the disaster, has only her stuffed animal toy Cherry as a conversation mate. In this fantasy adventure, Chieri gradually grows to appreciate the value of life and to take the first steps toward a new future.