Amnesty Film Festival 2011
Amnesty International Japan will screen 8 films over two days, covering a wide range of human rights issues in different countries.
NOTE that six of the films are in English, or have English subtitles.
During the second day, two Ainu (Japan’s indigenous people) will play and sing inspiring songs in their language.
Amnesty Film Festival official site: http://www.amnesty.or.jp/?aff
Date: January 29 (Sat) & 30 (Sun)
Time: Starts from 11:30 (Reception opens at 10:30)
Venue: Yakult Hall (1-1-19, Higashi Shinbashi, Minato-ku, TOKYO)
5 minutes walk from the Ginza Exit or Shiodome Exit of Shinbashi Station
A: Two-day ticket (29 and 30 Jan): 4000 yen
B*: One-day ticket (29 Jan): 2800 yen
C*: One-day ticket (30 Jan): 2800 yen
D: Student two-day ticket (29 and 30 Jan) for: 3500 yen
E: Student one-day ticket (29 Jan): 2800 yen
F: Student one-day ticket (30 Jan): 2800 yen
*(Same-day tickets bought at the door are 3,000 yen; 2,500 for students.)
How to purchase advance tickets:
From any Post Office: Write the type and number of tickets required on a yubin haraikomi-hyo(postal transfer form). Fill out your name, address and telephone number.
We will send your ticket(s) as soon as the money transfer is confirmed.
* Please complete the money transfer from post office by 27th January.
* You can also buy tickets directly at the AI Japan Tokyo Office.
Film Selection and screening schedule:
January 29 (Sat)
11:00 Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country (Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land)
2008/ Denmark/ Documentary/ Anders Ostergaard/ 85 mins/ Language:
Though risking torture and life in jail, courageous young citizens of Burma live the essence of journalism as they insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country. Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests
in Burma by thousands of monks and more than 100,000 people.
IMDb : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1333634/
Official site : http://burmavjmovie.com/
13:30 Chosen no Ko (Korean Children Living in Japan)
1954/ Japan/ Documentary/ 30 mins/ language: Japanese
Based on essays written by children, the film illustrates the lives and struggles of Korean residents in Japan in the 1950s.
No English subtitles
14:30 The Fortress (La forteresse)
2008/ Switzerland/ Documentary/ Fernand Melgar/ 105 mins/ Language:
Subtitles: Japanese, English
Asylum seekers are temporarily detained in a refugee reception center until the authorities decide whether they should be recognized as refugees or not. The film shows people who have left their home countries for various reasons and arrived in Switzerland seeking a place to live, and the staff who review their cases.
Official site : http://www.laforteresse.ch/
17:15 A Step into the Darkness (Buyuk Oyun)
2009/ Iraq, Turkey/ Drama/ Atil Inac/ 110 mins/ Language: Turkish,Turkmen, Kurdish,
Arabic/ Subtitles: Japanese, English
An entire village in northern Iraq is wiped out by misinformed and panicked American soldiers.
Connet, a young Turkmen girl who is the only survivor of the raid, has no choice but to set off on a journey in search of her older brother. A radical Islamist organization helps her reach Istanbul, where she soon loses all hope that her brother is still alive
and finds herself caught in the clutches of a charismatic religious figure who views her as an expendable instrument with which to carry out his devastating plan.
Official site : http://buyukoyun.tftyapim.com/
January 30 (Sun)
11:00 Boy A
2007/ UK/ Drama/ John Crowley/ 107 mins/ Language: English/ Subtitles:
24-year-old Jack is released from prison after having been institutionalized for most of his life.
He attempts to readjust to the world outside of confinement and restart his life with support of the fatherly mentor-ship of a social worker. But forces from the past are constantly pressing on him.
IMDb : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1078188/
Official site : http://www.boyamovie.info/
13:50 The Times of Harvey Milk
1984/ USA/ Documentary/ Robert Epstein/ 87 mins/ Language: English/
In 1978, San Francisco’s progressive Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk-one of the first openly gay elected officials anywhere-were murdered by Dan White-a former City Supervisor, fireman, and police officer. The community’s response-ranging from silent vigils to violent riots-helped define gay politics as we know it. The Times of Harvey Milk tells an emotional story of communities in conflict, centered on the last year of Harvey Milk’s life.
IMDb : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088275/
Official site : http://www.tellingpix.com/
15:45 No Dumb Questions
2001/ USA/ Documentary/ Melissa Regan/ 24 mins/ Language: English/
This documentary profiles three sisters, aged 6, 9 and 11, struggling to understand why and how their Uncle Bill is becoming a woman. With just weeks until Bill’s first visit as Barbara, the sisters navigate the complex territories of anatomy, sexuality, personality, gender and fashion.
Their reactions are funny, touching, and distinctly different.
IMDb : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0303371/
Official site : http://www.nodumbquestions.com/
17:10 TOKYO Ainu, a documentary film
2010/ Japan/ Documentary/ Hiroshi Moriya/ 116 mins/ Language: Japanese
This documentary features Ainu (Japan’s indigenous people) people who actively promote their traditional culture in Greater Tokyo, away from their traditional homeland, Hokkaido. Challenging the common assumption that all Ainu live in Hokkaido, the film captures the feelings, thoughts and aspirations of Ainu who try to follow the Ainu ways, no matter where they live.
‘Ainu’ means ‘human’.
No English subtitles
Official site : http://www.2kamuymintara.com/film/
For further information, please contact:
Amnesty International Japan
2-2-4Ｆ Kandanishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku
TEL: 03-3518-6777 FAX: 03-3518-6778
Download poster with map at:
www.amnesty.or.jp (Japanese only)