AMN x Filmhuis Cavia Ushiku (2021) plus Q&A with director Thomas Ash
We invite you to
see Ushiku (2021), a documentary directed by Thomas Ash. With a hidden camera
Ash recorded the stories of the detainees in one of Japan’s biggest immigration
centers – or prison- ‘Ushiku’. This reveals the horrible reality of physical
and mental abuse that prevails in these centres. Japan has a notoriously cruel
immigration policy and accepted only 0,4% of refugee applicants over the last
“Ushiku” exposes the hostile nature of Japan’s hushed up
discriminatory immigration system and the human rights violations it imbues. In
a country that portrays itself as the emblem of politeness and “omotenashi” -
or hospitality- this documentary reveals
an especially harrowing truth.
Please take note: content warning for state violence and suicide
Thomas Ash is a
Japan based filmmaker who was born in America. He has made multiple
documentaries about health and medical care in Japan. In his two documentaries
‘In the Grey Zone’ (2012) and ‘A2-B-C’ (2013) he looked at the effects of
radiation on children in the areas around Fukushima. Other work of his focused
on death and dying in ‘-1287’ (2014) and ‘Sending Off’ (2019). Ash lays innate
parts of Japanese society bare documenting often sensitive or controversial
topics that some would have rather remained hidden.
13:00 Film screening
14:30 Q&A with director Thomas Ash
It’s not possible to make reservations. Tickets can be bought at the bar half an hour before the film starts.