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Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 14:00 - 16:00

Press conference with Documentary Film, "A2-B-C"
Ian Thomas Ash
Film director of "A2-B-C"
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English
*14:00-15:15 Screening / 15:15-16:00 Press Conference

 Has the increasingly polarized debate over nuclear energy led private distributors of documentary media to embrace self-censorship? Filmmaker Ian Thomas Ash, director of feature documentaries "In the Grey Zone" (2012) and "A2-B-C" (2013), both of which focused on children living in Fukushima, will address this question during a press conference at the FCCJ on May 12.

 On its World Premier at the Nippon Connection Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2013, "A2-B-C" won the top prize in the Nippon Vision category and went on to screen at more than 25 film festivals, receiving multiple awards. In the autumn of 2013, the rights to distribute the film in Japan were acquired by a Japanese company on behalf of a newly formed group called the A2-B-C Screening Committee. Countrywide theatrical release of the film began in May 2014. The release took place in nine cities in Japan, and was followed by a series of "private screenings", by which citizens' groups can rent the film and organize their own screenings.

 On March 14, in a blog post widely shared on social media, Ian announced that the distributor of the film had suddenly decided to cancel all screenings and suggested that this was an act of self-censorship possibly influenced by the Secrecy Law. On March 23, the dissolution of the A2-B-C Screening Committee was announced on the social media pages of the film, without any further information.

 There has since been no official explanation why a film documenting the concerns of mothers in Fukushima about the health of their children has been cancelled. In the absence of an explanation, some have suggested that discussing the well being of children in Fukushima is now "taboo" and even that some of the mothers documented in the film are “violent extremists.”

 Following a screening of "A2-B-C," the director will offer his understanding of what caused the distributor to cancel all domestic screenings of the film and dissolve the A2-B-C Screening Committee. He will also address some of the most widely circulated rumors concerning the film and detail plans for reinstating screenings of the film in Japan.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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