Today (Aug 31) a live Q&A about “Ushiku” was held at 8PM EDT in the US (9AM Sept 1 JST in Tokyo) on Instagram with Louis, one of the film’s protagonists, and Professor Ai Kihira-Hunt, Associate Professor at The University of Tokyo. WATCH: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTQouxtpmWa/ “Ushiku” is screening ONLINE in the US in Japan Society’s JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film until Sept 2: https://film.japansociety.org/film/ushiku/
It was recently announced that Thomas’s new documentary Ushiku will screen in the Electric Shadows Asian Film Festival in Antwerp, Belgium on September 5. More about that and On Demand screenings in the US in the Japan Society‘s JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film and the I Will Tell International Film Festival, in Korea in the DMZ 국제다큐멘터리영화제 DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, as well as the film’s Impact Campaign is on the DocumentingIan Blog.
Thomas’s newest documentary Ushiku (2021) was featured today in a six-minute segment of the NHK WORLD-JAPAN program J-FLICKS. Below is an excerpt: Host Sarah Macdonald: “I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival has a special place in my heart. Now of the films screened this year, I think Ushiku was particularly impactful, a really harrowing film. What did you think of it?” Filmmaker and commentator John Williams: “I think Ushiku is probably one of the most important films that’s been made in Japan in the last decade or so. And… I would like everybody to see this. It seems that people just have no […]
Thomas’s latest documentary, Ushiku, will be screening online in the Japan Society‘s Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film from Aug 20 through Sept 2, 2021. More information about the film festival, which can be viewed from anywhere in the US, can be found on the DocumentingIan Blog.
Ushiku will be screening in three upcoming film festivals: Japan Society Film‘s Japan Cuts Film Festival (USA, Aug 20-Sept 2), I Will Tell International Film Festival (USA, Aug 30-Sept 9) & DMZ 국제다큐멘터리영화제 DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (Korea, Sept 9-16). Exact screening dates and ticket information will be announced soon.
Japanese cultural critic, novelist, and philosopher Hiroki Azuma wrote about Thomas’s newest documentary Ushiku in his essay published in the latest edition of the magazine AERA, which can be found here.
Thomas’s documentary about death and dying「おみおくり〜Sending Off〜」(2019) was awarded the prize for Best Documentary in The Life Beyond Life Film Festival, an event dedicated to films about terminal care, grief, and transition. The jury statement, as well as a video of Dr. Kaoru Konta and Thomas giving their acceptance speech, can be found on the DocumentingIan Blog.