Sending Off
Ian Thomas ASH イアン・トーマス・アッシュ
おみおくり ~ Sending Off ~
Omiokuri

Japan
2019
79
Colour
English
subtitles

Dr. KONTA Kaoru and her team of nurses provide hospice care to patients in their homes in rural Japan. The changing seasons provide a backdrop to the deepening relationships the patients form with their families as they reach the end of their lives. A powerful and respectful documentary that challenges viewers to think about how they live their own lives, and how they would like to die. Winner of the Nippon Docs Award 2019 at Nippon Connection (Frankfurt, Germany).

Dr. KONTA Kaoru en haar team van verplegers geven palliatieve zorg bij patiënten thuis op het platteland in Japan. Tegen de achtergrond van het verstrijken van de seizoenen zien we hoe de band tussen patiënt en hun familie steeds sterker wordt naarmate de dood dichterbij komt. Een krachtige en respectvolle documentaire die kijkers aanzet om na te denken over hoe ze hun eigen leven willen leven, en hoe ze zich hun ‘ideale’ einde voorstellen. Winnaar van de Nippon Docs Award tijdens het afgelopen Nippon Connection festival in Frankfurt.

 

 

Director’s bio & selected filmography

Ian Thomas ASH is an American filmmaker. He holds an MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Bristol, UK. In 2006, he directed his first feature documentary, the ballad of vicki and jake (2006). He then worked on two documentaries about children living in areas of Fukushima contaminated by the 2011 nuclear meltdown: In the Grey Zone (2012) and A2-B-C (2013).  His recent work has focused on death and dying in Japan and includes -1287 (2014). He produced the documentary Boys for Sale (dir: ITAKO), which screened at CJ in 2017.

2006 – The Ballad of Vicki and Jake

2012 – In the Grey Zone (CJ 2012)

2013 – A2-B-C (CJ 2013)

2014 – -1287 (CJ 2015)