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An evening of Japanese documentary presented by NHK WORLD TV

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A double-bill of documentaries from NHK WORLD TV, the 24-hour international English-language channel from Japan’s public service broadcaster.

What You Taught Me About My Son (59mins)

The inspiring story of friendship between a Japanese boy with autism and an acclaimed British author.

In 2007 thirteen-year-old Naoki Higashida wrote a book of essays called The Reason I Jump. Naoki was diagnosed with autism at the age of five and the book offers remarkable insights into his inner world, challenging popular misconceptions. The book was discovered by British author David Mitchell, who felt that his own autistic son was speaking to him through Naoki’s words. David translated the book into English to help other families living with autism – it became an international bestseller, sold in over 30 countries. What You Taught Me About My Son follows David on a journey to Japan to meet Naoki for the first time. As their friendship develops, we meet other parents with autistic children around the world and hear how their relationships have been transformed by Naoki’s extraordinary words.

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (70mins)

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the Oscar-winning animator and co-founder of Studio Ghibli

In 2013, Oscar-winning film director and animator, Hayao Miyazaki, suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But after an encounter with young CGI artists, the director of Spirited Away decided to embark on a new artistic endeavour. This candid documentary follows Miyazaki as he crafts his first CGI film in an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait filmed over two years. Miyazaki – who believes hand-drawing on paper is fundamental to animation – confronts many tough challenges on the project and, at one point, the film even faces the threat of being cancelled. Never-Ending Man provides a rare opportunity to see one of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers at work. This is the first time a feature-length version of this NHK WORLD TV documentary will be screened in UK.

Films in Japanese with voice-over and/or subtitles in English followed by Q&As.

Ticketed free entry. Please note seats are available on a first come first serve basis.Please arrive at 6:00, the screening will start at 6:30 promptly and latecomers will not be admitted.

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