“The Slow Way Home” Screenings – 2017
Len Schoppa will screen portions of the film and discuss the issues raised at:
Wesleyan University, April 13, 2017
German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, June 21, 2017
Washington, DC, Japan Information and Culture Center, probably in September.
The way children travel to school structures daily life for families around the world—but differs dramatically. In Japan, 98 percent of children walk to school every day, unaccompanied by a parent. In the United States, just 13 percent of children walk or bike to school, and most are driven to school by a parent.
The Slow Way Home explores this divergence, examining how American families have largely given up on keeping our streets and public spaces safe enough for children, while Japanese communities have mobilized to keep their streets safe and walkable, not only for children but for everyone in society.
Seen through both a historical and contemporary framing, The Slow Way Home is an uplifting examination of differences in culture that provides both insight into a distressing trend in American society and simultaneously offers hope for change.
You can view the trailer and order a DVD via this site: Trailer