Harbers Studios is thrilled to announce that Taller Than the Trees, a new documentary short by Academy Award® winner Megan Mylan, is now playing on New York Times Op-Docs.

Taller Than the Trees is the story of Masami Hayata, a Tokyo man delicately balancing his roles as advertising executive, father, husband, devoted son and caregiver to his ailing mother.

Inspired by Billy Collins‘ reading of his poem The Lanyard at the 2014 Nantucket Project, this beautiful film about the debt we owe our parents is an intimate portrait of the growing demographic pressures of Japan’s hyper-aging population and how Japanese families, steeped in the tradition of oya-koko, or filial piety, are caring for their aging parents in the 21st century.

This film is part of the Harbers Storytelling Project.

Click HERE to watch Taller Than the Trees.

Watch the reading that inspired the film, as former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, reads his poem The Lanyard at The Nantucket Project.