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Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 12:30 PM
A 93-year-old Zen monk dreams of making a film. Presented as part of the Japanese Program and the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa's Japanese Documentary Now program.
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Film followed by dialogue with director Nakamura Takayuki.

93-year-old Zen monk Henry Mittwer, suspected by the Japanese secret police and interned by the United States during World War II, has a lifelong love of movies. This dizzying film, incorporating animation and fictional reenactments, traces his life across two countries, his turn to Zen and the tea ceremony, and his endless worldly desires: to produce a film of his own.

JAPANESE DOCUMENTARY NOW
A famous deaf composer, considered the Beethoven of modern Japan, who may be a fraud. A 93-year-old Japanese-American Zen monk who dreams of making a feature film. A documentary filmmaker inside the no-go zone at the Fukushimi nuclear meltdown who realizes she is pregnant.

The Japanese Program and the Department of Cinema Arts at the University of Iowa present Japanese Documentary Now, a program of three documentaries to be screened February 23-26 at FilmScene, located at 118 E College Street in downtown Iowa City.

Three of the most prominent documentary filmmakers working in Japan today will share their most recent works and engage with the audience in a Q&A following each screening. All screenings are free and open to the public thanks to generous funding by the Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant to the University of Iowa and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) at the University of Iowa.