New Documentary Presentation followed by Discussion with the Director Ash

The Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research, University of Alberta, and the Centre for Japanese Research, University of British Columbia Present: 

Unavoidable (Sezanuwoenai)

Directed by: Ian Thomas Ash

New Documentary Presentation followed by Discussion with the Director Ash


11 March 2017

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Fine Arts Building, 2-20, University of Alberta 


Born in America, Ian Thomas Ash earned an MA in Film and Television Production at the University of Bristol, UK, in 2005. His first feature documentary, ‘the ballad of vicki and jake’ (2006), received the Prix du Canton Vaud prize at the 2006 Visions du Reél International Documentary Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. Ian’s two feature documentaries about children living in areas of Fukushima contaminated by the 2011 nuclear meltdown, ‘In the Grey Zone‘ (2012) and ‘A2-B-C‘ (2013), have been screened at festivals around the world where they have received multiple awards.

His recent documentaries have all dealt in some way with health and medicine in Japan, including ‘-1287‘ (2014) which received numerous awards, including the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2015 Nippon Connection Film Festival in Germany, the First Prize in the Asian Competition at the 2015 DMZ Docs Film Festival in Korea and the Best Documentary at 2016 SoCal Film Festival.  

His recent documentaries have all dealt in some way with health and medicine in Japan, including ‘-1287‘ (2014) which received numerous awards, including the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2015 Nippon Connection Film Festival in Germany, the First Prize in the Asian Competition at the 2015 DMZ Docs Film Festival in Korea and the Best Documentary at 2016 SoCal Film Festival.