Ash doesn’t measure radiation where he travels.
“Some people say that’s stupid. If there are kids in that area, I’m going to go there,” he said.
In June, “A2-B-C” was awarded the coveted Nippon Visions Award, the top prize for new directors at the film’s world premiere at the Nippon Connection Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany.
“The cinema was full. A young woman who was a child of the time of the Chernobyl meltdown, she came to the screening. People were just shocked, and that it wasn’t in the news. They weren’t being told about it,” Ash said.
“As adults, we can make a choice. We evacuate or not evacuate. The children are dependent on the adults making the decisions for them. The most difficult thing for me is that I’m not sure how much good will come out of this for the people that it is happening to. Part of me thinks this is only going to mean something in the future and what I’m doing right now is not going to directly help these people, and that is very hard for me.”
“A2-B-C” upcoming screenings include the Global Peace Festival in the United States (Sept. 17 through 22), the Guam International Film Festival (Sept. 24 through 29), the Chagrin International Documentary Film Festival (Oct. 2 through 6) and the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (Oct. 4 through 8).
The film’s Japanese premiere is this month.
“I’m curious about what will happen. Even people in Tokyo don’t know what is happening. One of the things I realized in filming, as citizens of a country, ... when something goes wrong, we think the government is just going to provide for us and take care of us,” Ash said.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Fukushima disaster, he realizes that is not always the case.