DOCUMENTARY & PRESS CONFERENCE Ian Thomas Ash Director of Documentary "A2 "

13:00-15:00 Monday, May 13, 2013

(The speech and Q & A will be in English/ Documentary: English- subtitled )

*13:00-14:00 Screening / 14:00-15:00Press Conference

"Children Living with Radioactivity: Premier of New Documentary by FCCJ Member"


Filmmaker and FCCJ member Ian Thomas Ash has kindly agreed to screen his new feature-length documentary at the Club before its world premier at the 2013 Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection in Frankfurt, Germany.


A2 tells the story of children living in Fukushima following the nuclear meltdown. It focuses on the increasing number of children found with thyroid cysts and their parents' distrust of government testing amid claims of intentionally false results and other irregularities.


A copy of A2 was submitted as evidence in the appeal of a suit brought against the local government in the Fukushima city of Koriyama. In the case, fourteen school children are demanding the right to live free from radiation.


A2 is the second film about the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima by this award-winning documentary filmmaker. Ash's first feature documentary about the disaster, "In the Grey Zone" received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 Rhode Island International Film Festival. Ash was also awarded the Filmmaker of the Future prize.


His latest documentary has also been invited for screening at the Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando, USA (September 17-22) and to the Guam International Film Festival (September 24-29).


Ash is originally from America and has lived in Japan since 2000. He holds an MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Bristol (UK). Ash's first feature documentary "The Ballad of Vicki and Jake", won the Prix du Canton Vaud (best first film) at the 2006 Visions du Reel International Documentary Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland.


Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not completewithout confirmation.


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