At the closing ceremony for the 13th DMZ Docs in Korea on September 16, Ushiku received the Asian Perspective Award, the top prize in the Asian Competition. More information about the festival, the prize and the jury statement can be found on the DocumentingIan Blog.
The Korean Premier of Ushiku is set to begin tomorrow (Sept 9) in the DMZ 국제다큐멘터리영화제 DMZ International Documentary Film Festival. The festival will be held September 9-16, and this year, because of the pandemic, will be hybrid. More information about the streaming and in-person options as well as a link to special message from one of the film’s participants can be found on the DocumentingIan Blog. There, information on the final chance to stream the film in the US in the “I Will Tell International Film Festival” can also be found.
87 min/ Japan/ 2021
Seeking asylum in Japan, detainees at the infamous Ushiku immigration centre speak out in secretly recorded interviews.
77 min/ Japan/ 2019
When the time comes, the villagers gather to send off their dead.
17 min/ Japan/ 2019
A young man struggles with the effects of abuse he suffered as a child. 子供時代に受けた虐待によるトラウマに苦しむ青年の話
76 min/ JAPAN/ 2017 (dir: Itako, prod: Ian)
男の子たちが売るセックスを買うのは・・・？Boys are selling in Japan. Who is buying?
28 min/ Japan (NHK World)/ 2017
Japan’s future doctors navigate culture, religion and sexual orientation…in English.
28 min/ Japan (NHK World)/ 2016
Dr. Kaoru Konta is on a quest to help people who wish to die at home rather than in hospital.
70 min/ US & Japan/ 2014
Over the course of four years, Kazuko discusses love, marriage, money, life…
and her own death.
71 min/ Japan/ 2013
Eighteen months after the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, children who were not evacuated are found to have thyroid cysts and nodules.
89 min/ Japan/ 2012
The children of Minamisoma City, Fukushima, living inside the radiation zone head back to school after the nuclear meltdown.
81 min/ Japan & UK/ 2010
The story of two mothers and two sons whose chance meeting seven years earlier changes their lives forever.
84 min/ UK/ 2006
A family struggles with drug abuse, homelessness and their relationship with the filmmaker.