Directed by

Thomas Ash

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“Ushiku” takes viewers deep into the psychological and physical environment inhabited by foreign detainees in one of the largest immigration detention facilities in Japan.

Director Biography – Thomas Ash

Filmmaker Ian Thomas Ash holds an MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Bristol, UK (2005). Beginning with his first feature documentary, ‘the ballad of vicki and jake’ (2006), Thomas’s films have focused on issues surrounding health and medicine and include two feature documentaries about children living in areas of Fukushima contaminated by the 2011 nuclear meltdown, ‘In the Grey Zone‘ (2012) and ‘A2-B-C‘ (2013). Thomas’s recent work has focused on death and dying in Japan and includes ‘-1287‘ (2014) and ‘Sending Off’ (2019). Thomas also served as Executive Producer of ‘Boys for Sale’, a documentary about male sex workers in Tokyo.