Today was only the second time my documentary film 'A2' (WEBSITE) has been shown in Japan. The first time was at the Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan in May (HERE), and today was at Cultural Typhoon, "one of the largest events of Cultural Studies in Asia-Pacific Regions" (HERE).
Following the screening, I was honoured to take part in a panel discussion with directors Toshi Fujiwara ('No Man's Zone' WEBSITE) and Atsushi Funahashi ('Nuclear Nation' WEBSITE). The topic of the discussion was "Representing Loss: the Ethics and Aesthetics of 'Fukushima' Related Documentary Films".
|Speaking with Fujiwara-san (left) and Funahashi-san (middle)
It may be difficult to secure a public screening of 'A2' in Japan, but with the support of many colleagues who are lending their strength and influence, I will do everything I can to make it happen. In the meantime, it felt so right that 'A2' should be screened at a university within the context of an academic conference.