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The Ushiku immigration center near Tokyo mainly holds people seeking refuge in Japan. Using a hidden camera, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Ash interviewed inmates there from late 2019. His film publicly accuses Japan’s uncompromising refugee policy through one of the country's biggest human rights scandals. Ushiku has been making international headlines for years.
About Thomas Ash
Thomas Ash received his MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Bristol. His first feature-length documentary, THE BALLAD OF VICKI AND JAKE (2006), was internationally acclaimed. Himself a US citizen, he has been living in Japan since 2004. His films have focused on issues surrounding the healthcare system, death, and illness. He received the NIPPON VISIONS AWARD in 2013 for his documentary A2-B-C (2013 / NC ’13), the NIPPON VISIONS AUDIENCE AWARD in 2015 for -1287 (2014 / NC ’15) and the NIPPON DOCS AWARD in 2019 for SENDING OFF (2019 / NC ’19).