About the film:
When the time comes, the villagers gather to send off their dead. This feature-length documentary explores end-of-life care in a small village in rural Japan. The trailer is available on YouTube. This free, private preview screening is being held ahead of the World Premier of the film which will take place in Germany in May.
A Q&A session will be held with the director following the film screening.
About the director:
Born in America, filmmaker Ian Thomas Ash holds an MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Bristol, UK. Beginning with his first feature documentary, ‘the ballad of vicki and jake’ (2006), his films have focused on issues surrounding health and medicine and include two feature documentaries about children living in areas of Fukushima contaminated by the 2011 nuclear meltdown, ‘In the Grey Zone‘ (2012) and ‘A2-B-C‘ (2013). His recent work has focused on death and dying in Japan and includes ‘-1287‘ (2014), “Dying at Home” (2016) and his newest film "Sending Off" (2019) which will hold its world premier in May. Ian also served as the executive producer of the feature documentary "Boys for Sale" (2017, directed by Itako) about the male sex trade in Tokyo. Information about Ian's films can be found on his official website: http://www.documentingian.com/