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“Ushiku” featured on broadcaster NHK World

“Ushiku” featured on broadcaster NHK World

Posted on August 21, 2021

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 […]

“Ushiku” to screen online in the US in Japan Cuts

“Ushiku” to screen online in the US in Japan Cuts

Posted on August 19, 2021

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” to sceen in upcoming festivals in the US and Korea

“Ushiku” to sceen in upcoming festivals in the US and Korea

Posted on August 10, 2021

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.

Philosopher Hiroki Azuma publishes essay about “Ushiku”

Philosopher Hiroki Azuma publishes essay about “Ushiku”

Posted on July 24, 2021

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.

“Sending Off” receives award for Best Documentary in Italy

“Sending Off” receives award for Best Documentary in Italy

Posted on July 07, 2021

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.

“Ushiku” featured in Japan Times

“Ushiku” featured in Japan Times

Posted on June 11, 2021

Thomas’s latest film “Ushiku” was featured on the entire back page of the June 11, 2021, the Japan Times.  Details of the article, including an excerpt, can be found on the DocumentingIan Blog.

“Ushiku” awarded in Germany

“Ushiku” awarded in Germany

Posted on June 06, 2021

“Ushiku” has been awarded the Nippon Docs Award in the 2021 Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany. Per audience vote, the Nippon Docs Award went to the documentary Ushiku by Thomas Ash, dealing with a current, highly controversial political issue. The film accuses human rights violations in the eponymous immigration center near Tokyo, as well as Japan’s current immigration policies. The award was given out for the second time this year. Official Press Release: https://nipponconnection.com/en/press-releases/nippon-connection-2021-award-winners/ VIDEO of Award Ceremony: https://www.ushikufilm.com/en/press/nippon-docs-award-ceremony/ 2021年ニッポン・コネクション映画祭にて「牛久」がドキュメンタリー部門のグランプリを頂きました!感謝しております。 プレースリリス:https://nipponconnection.com/ja/press-releases/nippon-connection-2021-award-winners/