9th Annual New York Peace Film Festival to Screen Three Films about Japan


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9th Annual New York Peace Film Festival

Friday, April 1 (kick-off party) through Sunday, April 3

All Souls Unitarian Church – 1157 Lexington Avenue (between 79th & 80th Streets)

Tickets: $12 in advance for one entire day’s screenings/$15 at the door (cash only)/Kick-off party free

The 9th Annual New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF) starts with a kickoff party Friday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. followed by two days of screenings. The opening party will feature trailers of all the films to be screened in the festival and a number of the filmmakers will be speaking about their films. Refreshments will be served. The kick-off party is free, but donations will be accepted. To RSVP to the kick-off party, please send an email to contact@nypeacefilmfest.com.

Co-sponsored by the Peace & Justice Task Force of All Souls Unitarian Church, NYPFF aims to present films that promote world peace.

Although NYPFF does not screen exclusively Japanese films, co-founders Jonathan Fluck and Yumi Tanaka have selected three films by Japanese filmmakers or about Japan.


Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima (2015)
Documentary by Toko Shiiki
Saturday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Unlike the United States, where the population has always moved with frequency, people in other countries, including Japan, feel very tied to the place of their birth, where their ancestors called “home.” So it is with great difficulty that people have left their homes in the Fukushima area after the nuclear disaster of 2011. But many stayed or have returned, and this is a film celebrating the joys of their lives and what gives them the strength to remain.
New York Premiere followed by Q&A with the director



Inheritance (2015)
Documentary by Junichi Inoue
Saturday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m.
A son returns to the farm to help his parents keep it profitable only to have the Fukushima disaster completely up-end their progress. Despondent, the father commits suicide. The film is the son’s reflection on the entire situation.
US Premiere followed by Q&A with the director via Skype


Pictures from Hiroshima Schoolyard (2013)
Documentary by Bryan Reichhardt.
Sunday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m.
A collection of surprisingly joyful drawings created by school children living among the ruins of Hiroshima in 1947 becomes the heart of this inspiring story about an exchange of gifts between Americans and Japanese after a devastating war. This film about the power of giving introduces us to the children artists, now in their late 70s, who reflect on their early lives amidst the rubble of their destroyed city and the hope they shared through art.
New York Premiere followed by Q&A with the director

Saturday, April 2

  • 12:00 p.m. until 12:40 p.m. – Above Us, the Sky (2015) by Lin Li. Documentary, 40 min. US Premiere. Q&A with director via Skype
  • 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. – Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima (2015) by Toko Shiiki. Documentary, 90 min. NY Premiere. Q&A with director
  • 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. – Three Short Films
    I Am Still Alive (2015) by Camille Bildsøe, Documentary Short, 17 min. US Premiere
    America 1979 (2014) by Lila Yamtoob, Short, 14 min.
    Out of the Shadows (2012) by Juan Galind, Documentary Short, 14 min.; Q&A with directors/cast members
  • 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. – Inheritance (2015) by Junichi Inoue, Documentary, 86 min. US Premiere. Q&A with director via Skype
  • 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. – Paths of Glory (1957) by Stanley Kubrick. Classic, 90 min.

Sunday, April 3

  • 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. – Pictures from Hiroshima Schoolyard (2013) by Bryan Reichhardt. Documentary, 82 min. NY Premiere. Q&A with director
  • 3:00 p.m. until 4:20 p.m. – Beyond the Divide (2014) by Jan Selby. Documentary, 84 min. NY Premiere. Q&A with director via Skype
  • 5:00 p.m. until 6:05 p.m. – dRaw not War (2015) by Matteo Valenti. Documentary, 62 min. NY Premiere. Q&A with director via Skype

For complete descriptions of all of the films, please visit NYPFF’s website. To purchase advance tickets, please visit NYPFF’s Eventbrite page.