Suturing Cultures, Ian’s latest documentary program, is now available to stream for free On Demand from the NHK World website until February 20. A direct link to the film can be found here, more information about the documentary can be found on the Documenting Ian blog here, and a link to an Director’s Interview can be found here.
Leading up the broadcast premier of Suturing Cultures, Ian’s latest film, a private conversation between the director and his sister edited together with old family photos has been published on the homepage for the film. Details on the piece as well as the broadcast information can be found on the DocumentingIan blog.
The second in a series of documentary-style videos directed by Ian for the Imperial Hotel Tokyo was published this week. Accompanied by a column written by Ian, links and the backstory for the project can be found on the Documenting Ian blog.
Details about “Suturing Cultures”, Ian’s latest documentary, have just been published on the Documenting Blog. The film follows a group of young Japanese medical students as they prepare for a future of becoming doctors when they must navigate issues of culture, religion and sexual orientation… in English.
Today Ian MC’d the press conference “Fukushima Voluntary Evacuees on Verge of Losing Homes” at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ). He shared his impressions and several episodes from the press conference on the DocumentingIan Blog, including when one mother shared an emotional account of Fukushima children being bullied at their new school: when parents complained to administrators, they were told “you made the choice to evacuate- if your children are being bullied, that’s your fault”.
As a guest columnist, Ian has written for the magazine “5” for the past two years. In December, Learning to Say Goodbye, his last column for the magazine, was published. Today Ian shared the original English along with a Japanese translation on the Documenting Blog.
The Number One Shimbun, a publication of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, has just published Ian’s article “The making of a Twitter documentary: The last wish of Mr. Hata” as the cover story of its year-end issue. The article, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at Ian’s documenting live on Twitter the reunion earlier this year between a dying and the son he had not seen in 30 years, can be found here.
Continuing his expansion into directing work for commercial clients, the Part One in a series of videos directed by Ian for the luxury hotel Imperial Hotel Tokyo was released this week. Part Two is schedule for release in February 2017.
Following his taboo-challenging documentary Dying at Home earlier this year, Ian recently announced on his DocumentingIan blog that he has been commissioned to direct a new episode for the NHK World documentary series Inside Lens. Currently in production, the documentary is scheduled to air across the globe on NHK World in February 2017.