Ichiro and the Wave

Ichiro and the Wave presents a unique and inspirational experience by a tsunami survivor. He was fishing near the coast of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami struck his boat. Stranded on an island during the devastation he wondered if he would ever see his family again. Not too many people have survived being so close to a tsunami. Ichiro’s outlook remains remarkably positive in spite of having lost dozens of his extended family members. His matter of fact descriptions make it easy to understand the step-by-step disaster scenario, and it was a good editing challenge to bring hours of interviews into a compact 10 minutes that is easy to watch.

Watch the movie here:

ICHIRO and the WAVE - A short by Isaac Kerlow from Tropical Fantasy on Vimeo.

Ichiro and the Wave was premiered at the San Antonio Film Festival. It won Best Documentary Short at the Top Indie Film Awards, and Exceptional Merit Awards in Human Spirit and also in Editing at the Docs Without Borders Film Festival.


Project Years: 




Exceptional Merit Awards in Editing, Docs Without Borders Film Festival


Exceptional Merit Awards in Human Spirit, Docs Without Borders Film Festival

EOS Team: 

Principal Investigator
Research Associate
Research Assistant
Research Assistant

Screening Schedule

October 2017

Festival Internacional del Cortometraje FIC, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival, Niagara Falls, New York


International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra, Crete, Greece


San Francisco Documentary Festival, SF DOCFEST, California
Pune Short Film Festival, Pune, India


Near Nazareth Festival, Nazareth, Israel
Polish International Film Festival, Warsaw
Docs Without Borders Film Festival, Nassau, Delaware


Ethnografilm Paris, Paris, France
EGU GeoCinema, Vienna, Austria


Albany FilmFest, Albany, California
Silk Road Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland
Peace On Earth Film Festival, Chicago, Illinois
Tlanchana Fest, Mecatepec, Mexico


International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, London, UK

December 2016

AGU Cinema, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California


Auckland International Film Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
BLUE Ocean Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida
Kiwi International Film Festival, Auckland, New Zealand


Top Indie Film Awards, WINNER Best Documentary Short, La Jolla, California
Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
Cabo Verde International Film Festival, Isla de Sal, Cabo Verde


Isle of Man Film Festival, Isle of Man
Bali International Film Festival, BALINALE, South Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Cyprus International Film Festival, Golden Aphrodite, Nicosia, Cyprus
TrueDoc Documentary Festival, Kiev, Ukraine


San Antonio Film Festival, SAFILM, San Antonio, Texas