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Based on personal experiences with autism by screenwriter, author and activist Kuniaki Yamashita, Drive Me to the Sea lands on New York shores for the first time after playing more than 200 venues worldwide since its 2009 debut. The January 20, one-night-only screening features an introduction and Q&A with Yamashita, who is joined by communication therapist Hisako Cunningham and HappyDoll founder Nozomi Terao. The screening will be followed by a reception.
Nozomi Terao is the Founder and Executive Director of HappyDoll, Inc., a nonprofit organization connecting children through the making and exchanging of unique and fun dolls. To date, over 500 children in New York, North Carolina, Haiti and Japan have collaborated through the project. She is also the Founder and Director of MSTERIO, enriching the lives of young Japanese and their communities through shared experiences. Since 2001, MSTERIO has hosted annual summer camps, spring teen events and a winter gatherings in Japan. In March 2011, Nozomi produced and directed “Stand with Japan” in New York City, raising over $36,000 to help the survivors of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. She is also a team member of Keio University Hospital’s “Kokoro no Care” project in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, which is responding to the mental health needs of survivors of the March 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. Nozomi was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, having worked there in various capacities for 18 years. She has also worked at the American Embassy in Tokyo, Fuji Television's morning show and Itochu International.