Three Japanese Films to Screen at New York Peace Film Festival


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Imphal 1944

2015 New York Peace Film Festival

Friday, March 13 (kick-off party) through Sunday, March 15

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 Eighth Annual New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF) starts with a free kick-off party Friday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m., followed by two days of screenings. The opening gala will feature two short films, My Fellow Americans by student filmmaker Garret Laver and Imphal 1944 by Junichi Kajioka, and trailers of all the films to be screened in the festival.  A number of the filmmakers whose works will be screened in the festival will be speak. The public is invited free of charge to the kick-off party, but an RSVP for attending the party is requested and should be sent to or by calling 917-692-2210.

Co-sponsored by the Peace & Justice Task Force of All Souls Unitarian Church, the two-day festival will screen 11 films, including seven full-length documentaries, three short documentaries, and, honoring the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan, the 1991 Japanese classic feature film by Akira Kurosawa, Rhapsody in August.  This year’s festival films are a worldwide response to the issues of the day with films from France, Africa, the Middle East, Japan, and the U.S.

Saturday’s screenings begin at 11:00 a.m. with 1/10 Listening to Fukushima 2013 by Yo Kohatsu, the first in a 10-part series following a former resident as she returns to her hometown near the accident center, filming the tedious cleanup and stories of those caught in the aftermath. The filmmaker will participate in a Q&A from Japan via Skype following the screening.

Saturday’s final film, which starts at 7:00 p.m., is by the acclaimed Japanese filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa. Rhapsody in August is a feature film that is neither accusatory nor defensive nor apologetic about the bombing of Nagasaki. The finger points simply at the notion of war. Without any didacticism, the movie speaks of the tragedy of the past and war as the source of unhappiness.

The remaining films deal with war, nuclear testing, fracking, the crisis in the Congo, and world views of Israel.

For the schedule and complete list of films, please visit NYPFF’s website. To purchase advance tickets, please visit NYPFF’s Eventbrite page.