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Kazuo Hara & Sachiko Kobayashi Named as Special Guests at One World Romania


Renowned documentary filmmakers Kazuo Hara and Sachiko Kobayashi have been confirmed as special guests for the 11th edition of One World Romania International Human Rights and Documentary Film Festival. A special retrospective honouring the filmmaker's work as well as Q&A sessions and a masterclass will be part of the official festival programme. One World Romania will take place in Bucharest from 16 to 25 March.

Still from Sennan Asbestos Disaster
directed by Sachiko Kobayashi

Kazuo Hara has been an active filmmaker and producer for almost five decades and previously collaborated with Kobayashi on five documentaries. Four of their films will be screened at One World Romania including their latest title Sennan Asbestos Disaster, which will premiere in Europe during this year's edition of the festival.

Following the screenings of the films, Hara and Kobayashi will host Q&A sessions and present a masterclass at ARCUB at 8.30 p.m. on Monday, March 19th.

Sennan Asbestos Disaster is Hara's and Kobayashi's first documentary in 20 years. Kazuo Hara spent 8 years investigating the legal battle between the Japanese government and former workers and survivors from asbestos mines in Sennan. The survivors suffer from specific diseases, such as asbestosis and lung cancer because of the dangerous environment in the mines that the workers were completely unaware of. The film has already premiered at several film festivals and, on March 10th 2018, it will premiere in Japanese cinemas.

The three other films to be screened at the festival are Goodbye, CP (1972), which focuses on shedding light on the prejudices of people who have cerebral palsy in Japan. Extreme Private Eros Love Song 1974 (1974) is a film about the director's relationship with his ex-wife, who is a radical feminist. The third film, The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987), follows a World War 2 veteran, aged 62, who attempts to expose needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war.

For more information about the special programme honouring Hara's and Kobayashi's work, please also visit the One World Romania website.

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