Hiroshima Peace Film Festival

hiroshima peace film festival 2013

20 Japanese and international films screened at theaters, temples, cafes and college campuses throughout the city of Hiroshima and some not-to-be-missed guests.

Dates: December 6, 2013 – December 15. 2013 Cost: ¥1000/screening (free screenings also scheduled) Venues: Hiroshima University (Senda-machi Campus), Hiroshima City University, Yokogawa Cinema, Cafe Teatro Abierto, Cinetwin Shintenchi, Shinko-ji Temple, Chosen Gakuen. Scroll down for map of venue locations.

Films in English or with English subtitles

Poetry of Resilience (2011, 53min)

Poetry of Resilience is a documentary by Academy Award®-nominated director Katja Esson about six international poets who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Iranian Revolution. These six artists present us with a close-up perspective of the “wide shot” of political violence. Each story is powerful, but the film’s strength comes from its collective voice: different political conflicts, cultures, genders, ages, races – one shared human narrative. URL: http://www.poetryofresilience.com/ Venue:  Kyoyo Kougi shitsu (Joint-use Lecture Room) on the ground floor (Lecture Room on the North-west corner; located on the opposite end of Library in the main building) Higashi-Senda campus, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima City This is the first film of the festival’s opening program on Friday, December 6 held at Hiroshima University Senda-machi Campus (in Hiroshima city NOT in Saijo). Poetry of Resilience starts at 17:00 and is followed by Shirai Kosei’s Hiroshima 1966 and Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon directed by Osada Norio. You can see Poetry of Resilience free of charge, and all three films for a very reasonable ¥1000.

A2-B-C (2013, 71min)

Eighteen months after the nuclear meltdown, children in Fukushima are suffering from severe nose bleeds and are developing skin rashes and thyroid cysts and nodules. Citing a lack of transparency in the official medical testing of their children and the ineffectiveness of the decontamination of their homes and schools, the children’s mothers take radiation monitoring into their own hands. URL: http://www.a2documentary.com/ Director Ian Thomas Ash will be making an appearance this showing at Yokogawa Cinema on Friday, December 13. The film starts at 20:25 and admission is ¥1000.

Grey Matter – Matière Grise (2011, excerpt)

  The first feature length narrative film made in Rwanda by a Rwandan filmmaker, directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza

Hope For the Future (2011, 7min)

Hope for the Future” (2011, 7 min, Yves Kamuronsi and Mick Broderick) . Excerpts from the above two films will be shown along with the trailer to Hotel Rawanda, an excerpt from Rawanda: Beyond The Deadly Pit and the 7min short Confession by Kivu Ruhorahoza as part of a panel discussion on Rawanda through film. Panelists include Mick Broderick of Murdoch University, and Yves Kamuronsi, Deputy Director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. The panel discussion is on Saturday, December 7 from 18:30 (doors open 18:00) in the Multimedia Studio on the 6th Floor of the North Wing of the Machizukuri Shimin Plaza next to Fukuromachi Elementary School. Yves Kamuronsi will also be participating in the free seminar Transmitting the Experiences of Hiroshima & Nagasaki to Future Generations held earlier the same day.

Photography Exhibits


Kenji Higuchi by Tetsuya Kato for The Washingtion Post
Kenji Higuchi by Tetsuya Kato for The Washingtion Post

Photographs by long-time anti-nuclear activist  Kenji Higuchi at Cafe Teatro de Abierto from Dec.12. 

When Hamayuris in bloom in Sanriku and Fukushima 2011-2013 by Kazutomo Tashiro
When Hamayuris in bloom in Sanriku and Fukushima 2011-2013 by Kazutomo Tashiro

Photographs by Kazutomo Tashiro When Hamayuris in bloom in Sanriku and Fukushima 2011-2013 at  Shinko-ji Temple on December 15.


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About the Hiroshima Peace Film Festival


Co-organizered by  Hiroshima Peace Film Festival voluntary organizing committee (since 2005) and Hiroshima City University Social Collaboration Project

“The creation of film culture based on succession of the film cultural heritage of Hiroshima”

Hiroshima Peace Film Festival (HPFF) is held biennially focusing on the theme of peace and the memory of Hiroshima and the making peace through film and filmmaking. 

Contact and information:

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