Hitomi Kamanaka is one of the most influential and well known documentary filmmakers in Japan. The director of the internationally recognized film “Hibakusha – At the End of the World,” which has screened at over 400 venues, she has produced numerous documentaries on nuclear radiation and its effects in Japan and abroad.
Anticipating the 3.11 Fukushima nuclear crisis, her films “Rokkasho Rhapsody (2006),” and “Ashes to Honey (2010),” critically examined the nuclear industry’s “capture” of communities where nuclear reactors are sited and her 2012 film “Living with Internal Exposure” depicted the effects of radiation on public health.
For this event, Kamanaka will screen portions of her films and discuss her work as a documentarian and activist, and address issues of concern about the nuclear industry in Japan.
Traveling as an independent filmmaker to Iraq, she was in Baghdad as it was bombed at the outbreak of the 2nd Gulf War, and produced a program for NHK (where she produced films and TV programs for 10 years) on the effects of depleted uranium munitions. Since 1993 she has worked as a media activist with Paper Tiger TV in New York, and currently teaches film at Tama Art University.