Info: Japan's Helen Keller

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Scott North sends me this link to the Japan Times website for a movie about "Japan's Helen Keller"

SHIMONOSEKI, Yamaguchi Pref. (Kyodo) Independent movie distributor Sumio Yamamoto has long been irritated by what he sees as the film industry's excessive concentration in Tokyo....

So the 52-year-old Shimonoseki native finally decided to take a chance by making his own film, a story about the turbulent life of a 74-year-old deaf and blind woman in Yamaguchi Prefecture struggling to achieve equal rights for people with visual and hearing disabilities.

The movie -- "Have You Ever Heard of Japan's Helen Keller?" -- was completed recently after months of planning by filmmakers and fundraising by residents of this harbor city. It is Japan's first movie on the life of a deaf and blind person.

The film is directed by Setsuo Nakayama, 68, and stars Ayako Kobayashi, who played the heroine in the popular TV drama "Oshin."

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Agree about the glorification of Tokyo (and maybe "the city" in general, and definitely Japan overall in other countries).

Who's Helen Keller?

I Love Helen Keller & her Teacher Anne Sullivan I wish you could send me some,I hope will help me by sending some information you have on Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan.It would help me so very much by getting photos or newsletters on Helen Keller because I want to be a Sign Language teacher like Anne Sullivan was to Hellen Keller. P.S. Thank-You So Very Much Lori Burdick!

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