The Japan Society in London has organised another screening in London and this one looks like it will be a moving subject.
One of the films in my list of titles covering the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (which I need to update…) finally reaches the UK after it was released in 2015. The film is a documentary all about the animals who were abandoned and the people who rescue them and it will be screened at the Phoenix Cinema on May 31st. Not only that, there will be a Q&A with the director Akane Yamada and representatives of organisations featured in the film.
Here’s more on the director from the organisers: “Akane Yamada has over 30 years experience as a film and television director. Recent productions include The Happiness of Mucchan (NHK, 2014) which tracks Mucchan, a dog abandoned in the 20 kilometer ‘red zone’ around the Fukushima nuclear reactor, and The Woman Who Sleeps with 1,000 Cats (Fuji Television, 2015) featuring Yuri Nakatani, of NPO Minashigo Dogs and Cats Rescue in Hiroshima.”
Here are the details on the film:
Dogs Without Names
犬に名前をつける日「Inu ni namae wo tsukeru hi」
Release Date: October 31st, 2015
Running Time: 107 mins.
Director: Akane Yamada
Writer: Akane Yamada (Screenplay)
Starring: Satomi Kobayashi, Takaya Kamikawa, Misato Aoyama, Saori Imamura, Satoshi Fujii,
Synopsis: A film maker struck by the grief she feels over the death of her beloved golden retriever. She decides to channel that grief into making a documentary about people who work at an animal protection centre and those who help rescue the animals left to fend for themselves after the Great East Japan Earthquake – in other words, those with no one to care for them. These animals are in a number of adoption centres and shelters around Japan, some of which are struggling to care for their new occupants after rescuing lost dogs and cats in the 20-kilometre ‘red zone’ around the Fukushima nuclear reactor. She meets and interviews many involved in such organisations and sees anew the power of our bonds with these animals and our responsibilities should we opt to care for them.
Tickets cost £10 and they can be booked through the Phoenix Cinema box office here or by calling the Phoenix Cinema box office on 020 8444 6789.
The film starts at 18:30 and there are no trailers before the event begins so make sure you get there on time!