Richard Gere will kick off the inaugural Aruba Film Festival on June 4th with "Hachi: A Dog's Tale".
Gere will receive the Golden Aruba humanitarian award and participate in a panel with Bernardo Bertolucci, who will receive a Golden Aruba for outstanding achievement in film.
Aside from Gere and Bertolucci, other guests making the trek to the Caribbean island, 17 miles off the coast of Venezuela, include Arriaga, Martin Scorcese's long-time editor Thelma Schoonmaker and thesp Patricia Clarkson.
Vicki Shigekuni Wong
I first spotted Hachiko's statue many years ago at Shibuya Station. Upon returning home, I adopted a dog and named him Hachi. When he passed away, I missed his reflective, welcoming and calm ways. We can all learn from the innate emotional grace of our animal friends and the Way of Hachi. I love sharing the story of the loyal dog of Japan, and hope he inspires more people to "Be Hachi"!