Aya Hanabusa, director of Tale of a Butcher Shop, in London

Aya Hanabusa is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and director of Tale of a Butcher Shop, a film which got its UK premiere when it appeared in this year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme. She is in London for a special talk to discuss her filmmaking style and the themes involved in Tale of a Butcher Shop which include prejudice aimed at the Burakumin minority in Japan as well. This event has been set up by the Japan Foundation as part of their touring film programme and it is a great chance to meet a filmmaker and get the inside story of documentary filmmaking in Japan.

Here’s more information on the film and the venue:

Aya Hanabusa London Talk

Tale of a Butcher Shop   Story of a Butcher Shop Film Poster

ある精肉店のはなし「Aru Seiniku-ten no Hanashi

Running Time:  108 mins.

Director: Aya Hanabusa

Website   JFDB


Synopsis: The Kitades and their family-run butcher shop in Kaizuka City (outside Osaka) are the focus of this documentary. It is the place where they have been raising and slaughtering cattle, and selling the meat for over 100 years. Due to their trade they are Buraku people and thus discrimated against. When the film gets to the family, they have made the decision to shut down the slaughterhouse. This one is not for the faint of heart since animals are shown being slaughtered.

Date:         March 20th, 2016 from 2.30pm

Venue:        ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), Studio,

                      The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH



This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit: aya-hanabusa.eventbrite.co.uk To find out more, head over to the Japan Foundation webpage.

This event is organised as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 ‘IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema’ (5 February – 26 March 2016)www.jpf-film.org.uk

Tale of a Butcher Shop

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