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Damah Film Festival debut in Hiroshima!

The U.S. born Damah Film Festival makes its debut in Hiroshima.  Damah is a Hebrew word meaning "inspirational metaphor." Damah Film Festival explores "Spiritual Experiences" as its theme, seeks films that are focused on portraying human inner aspects such as conflicts that we experience and emotional change, and have been receiving many films from filmmakers all over the world each year. We nominate several films from all those submitted to show at our festival and give awards to the best. Damah Film Festival is one of few short film festivals that put up a clear theme. 

As the festival special guest, Mr. Ralph Winter joins the festival in Hiroshima.  His film “The Least of These” will be screened as Japan Premier at the festival and he does some workshops.  Mr. Winter has produced many Hollywood hits including “Star Trek” series, “X-MEN” series, “Planet of the Apes” in 2001, and “Fantastic Four” in 2005. 

Famous Japanese film directors and producers join the Damah Film Festival in Hiroshima as jurors, including Mr. Ryuichi Hiroki (Director) of “Your Friend (2008)” and “April Bride (2009)”, Shunichi Nagasaki (Director) of “The Witch of the West is Dead (2008)”, Mr. Kanjiro Sakura (Producer) of “The Glorious Team Batista (2008)” and “Battle Under Orion (2009)”.  Also as a guest speaker, Mr. Yasuhiro Mase, the producer of the Academy awarded “Departures” does some workshops, too.

Damah Film Festival in Hiroshima, Dec.11-13, 2009
Contact: Hiroshima Film Commission (E-mail:
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