Aogiri Phoenix Tree Film Screening

Aogiri

The Showa Boston Activity Board invites JET alumni and Friends of JET to their screening of an original Japanese film, Aogiri – Phoenix Tree at Showa Boston on Sunday, June 5 from 2:15pm – 4:30pm. The film’s director, producer, and musical director will each be present and a discussion with them will follow the screening. Please RSVP to the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1142334029142316/ or, if you do not use Facebook, email Dan Lowe at president@nejetaa.com.

A shuttle will be offered at 1:50pm from the taxi/bus pickup area of Reservoir station (Green Line D-Branch) to Showa. Free parking is also available on our campus (please take your first left after passing through the gate, park in the lot, and walk up the stairs leading to the building flying the American, Japanese, and UK flags)

About the Film (from the official press release).

The film is based on the true life story of Ms. Susuko Numata, a victim of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima ( a hibakusha).

The film reveals intricate details of the suffering of a young woman who in one horrific instant lost her leg. Though she was repeatedly forced into the depths of despair, she eventually made up her mind to live on as an atomic bomb storyteller for peace. In addition to telling a great many others, Suzuko Numata continually shared her story about her experience of suffering from the bombing with countless children under the Aogiri tree (Chinese parasol tree) which also survived the A-bomb and is now standing in Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park.

This tree is famous and its seeds have been spread around the world, just as the messages of the hibakusha must be. As some elements of this story had to be invented due to an absence of details, the character of Ms. Numata in the film is named Setsuko Tanaka.

Ms. Numata passed away on July 12th, 2011, four months after the Great East Japan Earthquake. In her last days she was extremely concerned about the victims of the calamity, in the area affected by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident. Satomi Nakamura, the film’s producer, will never forget Ms. Numata’s words a month before her death; “I must live on to tell them my story… I do not want anybody in this world to go through the same pain ever again.”

Though an atomic-bomb and a nuclear power plant accident are two different things, they both share the horror of radioactivity. We live in an era when we must listen with full attention to the voices of the hibakusha and let them affect our thinking about the future of our planet.

This film sows the seeds of peace embodied in the message of the hibakusha. “No more Hiroshima! No more Nagasaki! No more war!”

This moving, informational and original film will be shown at 2:00pm at Showa Boston’s Provost hall.

The showing will be accompanied by Satomi Nakamura who is the film’s producer, Shuto Nakamura, the film’s director, and Shigetoshi Ito, the music director of the film. Takako Koike, a potter and the organizer/interpreter for the group will also be present.

After the film, there will be an opportunity for questions about the film and general inquiries about the experiences of those who managed to survive the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There may also be a song or two from producer/songstress Satomi Nakamura accompanied on guitar by Shigetoshi Ito.

Japan Film Festival in Boston (12/5, from 1:30pm) at MIT

JREX (The Japan Resource Exchange) is hosting the 5th Annual Japan Film Festival in Boston.

This year JREX is working with the NY Japan Cinefest to bring you an excellent program of recent short films.

今年で第5回目となる映画祭です。今回はNY JAPAN Cinefestからの協力を得て、ショートフィルム6本を上映いたします。

入場料:$10(JREX会員は$5、MIT学生は無料
お申込み:下記フォームよりお願いします。
1:50pm~
The 8th Samurai  7人の侍をもじったユーモラスな映画
Tadaima       インターメントキャンプについて15分映画
A Warm Spell     日本の田舎での物語
3:15pm〜 Intermission インターミッション10分
Little Kyota Errand Hood 京太のお使い 福島のことも少し考えさせられる子供映画
Monk by Blood  お寺に生まれたから、住職になる運命という留学生のドキュメンタリー
Reflection 女装していく子供を見つめる母と子供の物語
4:35p〜 Reflection Director Q&A
5:10pm〜 Reception (at next door class room)
6:00pm Doors Close

See the event on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1660469010902453/

Discount for short films at the Boston Asian American Film Festival (10/22-10/25)

NEJETAA is helping promote a series of short films at this year’s Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF). NEJETAA Members can receive a discount the the shorts series: Home In America, playing at 1pm on Sun. Oct. 25.

We will send the discount code by email on 10/17 and 10/22. If you are not yet on our mailing list, you can join here.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased herehttps://artsemerson.org/Online/article/film_baaff.

See below for info on “Home in America”

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“Home in America” – Boston Asian American Film Festival (10/22-10/25)

 

Come out to the Boston Asian American Film Festival from Oct. 22-25th. This year’s festival includes a short series about finding a Home in America. The shorts series consists of about 6 short films 6mins – 20mins in length on the festival’s theme. This shorts series includes documentaries about a Japanese American during WWII and another about Japanese war brides. Come check it out!

Stay tuned for ticket discounts for NEJETAA members, going on sale the first week of October.BAAFF_Poster_2015

311 anniversary event with Japan Society Boston and the “Live Your Dream” film screening

This year marks the two-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku.
 
To commemorate the anniversary, NEJETAA has partnered with the Japan Society of Boston in affiliation with the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund Boston to host a screening of director Regge Life’s “Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story,” a movie about a JET program participant, Taylor Anderson, who passed away in the tragedy.
 
Please join the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund Boston for an evening of appreciation; a final report; a briefing on Tohoku “Beyond 3.11” by MIT’s Shun Kanda, and a film screening of “Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story.”
 
 
Date:
Monday, March 11, 2013 from 4pm- 7pm
 
Location: 
map (Arlington T station on the Green Line)
75 Arlington St. 
10th Floor 
Boston, MA 02116 
 
 
 
NEJETAA will also plan on hosting our own screening of the movie at a later time, details TBD, so if you’re interested but can’t make it on March 11th, keep an eye out for details about the next screening.