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Pulitzer Center Shorts Program Premieres Shiho Fukada's "Japan's Disposable Workers"


Event Date:

September 24, 2013 | 8:30 PM EDT
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One billion people, 30 percent of the world's workforce, are jobless. Recent political instability...

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Please join us for the Pulitzer Center Film Festival "Global Crises, Human Stories"––a week-long celebration of reporting from around the world––featuring feature-length documentary films and shorts by award-winning Pulitzer Center journalists. A full festival schedule can be found below.

A special shorts program features work by award-winning photojournalists, including the premiere of Shiho Fukada's "Japan's Disposable Workers," produced in collaboration with MediaStorm. See trailer above.

Screening times:
Friday, September 20, 9:20 pm ––Discussion with Dominic Bracco ("The Clarinetist") and Allyn Gaestel (reporter on "In Nepal, Exiled Each Month") will follow the screening.
Tuesday September 24, 9:20 pm ––A light reception will be held for ticket-holders at 8:30 pm, and a Q&A with Shiho Fukada ("Japan's Disposable Worker's"), Justin Kenny (PBS NewsHour Foreign Editor "Child Labor in Burkina Faso's Gold Rush") and Joshua Cogan (photojournalist for "Live Hope Love") will follow the screening.

Tickets are $5 general admission, and $3 for students and seniors.

Tickets on sale week prior at

All films will be shown at the West End Cinema
2301 M Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Closest Metro stop: Foggy Bottom (blue/orange lines)

Pulitzer Center Photojournalist Shorts
Running time for shorts approximately 75 minutes

Japan's Disposable Workers: Photographer Shiho Fukada documents the lives of disposable workers in Japan through stories that illustrate the impact of the global unemployment crisis and the growing gap between rich and poor––in a country once regarded for its social safety net. Produced in collaboration with MediaStorm.

The Clarinetist: A former school drop-out, Esteban Ruiseco is the type of teenager Mexico's drug cartels prey upon. And he might have joined them, if the clarinet hadn't given him hope for a better future. Directed by Dominic Bracco II.

Child Labor in Burkina Faso's Gold Rush: In just a quarter century, one of the world's poorest countries has transformed itself into Africa's fourth-largest producer of gold. But at what cost to the children who labor in the mines? Directed by Larry C. Price in collaboration with PBS NewsHour.

Too Young To Wed: Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste. Directed by Stephanie Sinclair.

In Nepal, Exiled Each Month: In parts of rural Nepal women and girls are segregated from their families during menstruation––leaving them vulnerable to sexual assaults and other hardships. Photography and video by Allison Shelly and additional reporting by Allyn Gaestel. Produced by The New York Times.

Live Hope Love: A journey into the experience of people living with HIV/AIDS in Jamaica––demonstrating resilience, hope and possibility in the face of despair. A selection of short video poems from the Pulitzer Center's Emmy Award-winning interactive site By poet/author Kwame Dawes and photographer Joshua Cogan. Produced in collaboration with Bluecadet.

Voices from Haiti: This work explores the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS after the devastating earthquake. It is a celebration of their lives and their survival. A selection of short video poems by poet/author Kwame Dawes, photographer Andre Lambertson, with music by composer Kevin Simmonds.

Full Film Festival Schedule

See full listing for description of films

Thursday, September 19: DC Premiere
7 pm: The Abominable Crime
Discussion with director Micah Fink and Maurice Tomlinson
Reception to follow
FREE, but reservations are required as seating is limited.
Please send your reservation request to:, with the subject line: "Sept. 19: DC Premiere"

Screenings on September 20-26: tickets are $5 general admission, and $3 for students and seniors.

Tickets on sale week prior at

Friday, September 20:
5 pm: No Fire Zone
9:20 pm: Pulitzer Center Photojournalist Shorts––Discussion with Dominic Bracco ("The Clarinetist") and Allyn Gaestel (reporter on "In Nepal, Exiled Each Month")

Saturday, September 21:
3 pm: The Abominable Crime
7 pm: Outlawed in Pakistan
Discussion with co-director Hilke Shellmann
Reception to follow

Sunday, September 22:
5 pm: Outlawed in Pakistan
9:20 pm: The Abominable Crime

Monday, September 23:
3 pm: No Fire Zone
7 pm: Seeds of Hope
Discussion and reception to follow

Tuesday, September 24:
5 pm: The Abominable Crime
8:30 pm: Reception in advance of Pulitzer Center Shorts (tickets for 9:20 pm show required)
9:20 pm: Pulitzer Center Photojournalist Shorts
Discussion with photojournalist Shiho Fukada ("Disposable Workers in Japan") and Joshua Cogan ("Live Hope Love") will follow.

Wednesday, September 25:
3 pm: Outlawed in Pakistan
7 pm: No Fire Zone

Thursday, September 26:
5 pm: Seeds of Hope
9:20 pm: The Abominable Crime

See full listing for description of films