18:30 “A2-B-C”, by Ian Thomas ASH documentary/ 71 min/ Japan/ 2013.

Eighteen months after the devastating Fukushima earthquake of 2011 and the nuclear disaster that followed, a young foreign filmmaker travels to the region. With his camera he starts following a few concerned mothers, all worrying for the health of their children. Multiple children suffer from severe nose bleeds and are developing skin rashes and thyroid cysts. At the same time, decontamination of their living environment proves to be insufficient and virtually impossible, as streets and playgrounds are neglected. Questions by their parents are met with inconclusive responses by government officials. Winner of the award for Best Newcomer at Nippon Connection in Frankfurt.

About the Director
Ian Thomas ASH earned an MA in Film and Television at the University of Bristol in 2004. His first feature documentary, “The Ballad of Vicky and Jake”, received the Prix du Canton Vaud prize a the 2006 Visions du Reél International Documentary Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. He has lived in Japan for 10 years and currently lives in Tokyo. In 2012 he was awarded the Filmmaker of the Future Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.