Suturing Cultures

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At Juntendo University, the oldest medical school in Japan, Dr. Yuko Takeda is preparing young medical students for a career during which they will most likely see foreign patients in addition to Japanese ones. As these future doctors who come from a traditionally homogeneous society navigate issues of culture, religion and sexual orientation in English, the real lesson comes when they realize that what they are being taught is about how to become better doctors.

Director Ian Thomas Ash
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Culture / Social Issue / Education
Air Date (JST) Monday, February 6, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017 *rerun

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Ian Thomas Ash

Ian Thomas Ash


Born in America, Ian Thomas Ash earned an MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Bristol, UK, in 2005. His first feature documentary, ‘the ballad of vicki and jake’ (2006), received the Prix du Canton Vaud prize at the 2006 Visions du Reél International Documentary Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. His subsequent films, dealing with issues ranging from the Fukushima nuclear disaster to death and dying, have been screened at festivals around the world where they have also received multiple awards.


“Dying at Home”, 28 min/ Japan (NHK World)/ 2016
“-1287”, 70 min/ US & Japan/ 2014
“A2-B-C”, 71 min/ Japan/ 2013
“In the Grey Zone”, 89 min/ Japan/ 2012
“Jake, not finished yet”, 81 min/ Japan & UK/ 2010
“the ballad of vicki and jake”, 84 min/ UK/ 2006

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