Films at the Embassy of Japan

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Co-organised by the Japan Information and Cultural Centre (JICC) and NHK World Documentary

Bacchan: Granny’s Table

Wednesday 21 February 2018
Open 18:00 | Film starts at 18:30 | No admittance after 19:00
Free admission. Prior registration essential.

NHK World Documentary / 50mins
(Japanese language with English subtitles)

Chikako Nakamoto, affectionately called "Bacchan" or "Granny", is known as the city's Mother Theresa. For years she's been welcoming juvenile delinquents with her homecooked meals. She believes that hunger is a trigger for acts of assault, purse snatching, shoplifting and prostitution, and that a warm meal is the first step toward rehabilitation. Some of the youths Granny welcomes into her home include a boy whose family is too poor to feed him and a girl who has been abused by her parents. Under Granny's care, these youngsters get to seek and find ways to overcome their despair. This documentary drama, filmed over a span of eight years, shows how Granny's table has changed the lives of these young people.

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