NHKAward Winning Programs

2018.4.10

NHK wins at the New York Festivals.

New York Festivals

United States / Las Vegas

Fraudulent Marriage: The Plight of Syrian Refugee Women

DOCUMENTARY - Human Concerns

Silver World Medal

Six years after the start of the Syrian civil war, the number of refugees has reached nearly five million. In neighboring Jordan, life is exceptionally tough for female refugees who have lost husbands and fathers. The world has focused on the flood of Syrian refugees into Europe. But as this documentary shows, sexual exploitation of Syrian women and girls in Jordan and other nearby countries is also a concern. The documentary focuses on the forcing of young girls intotemporary marriages known as mut’ah, where men use them for pleasure.

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A Flower Belongs in a Meadow

Entertainment Special: Special Event

Silver World Medal

Kazuyuki Ishihara is one of the world’s most celebrated garden designers. He has won eight best-in-category gold medals at the world’s top gardening contest, the Chelsea Flower Show, which is held in the UK every May. Last year, he became the first Japanese to win the President’s Award, which honors the most outstanding garden at the show. Ishihara competed at the Chelsea Flower Show again this year. He brings Japanese techniques to garden design - a field traditionally dominated by Europeans. Central to his creations are ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement) and his use of moss. In line with the concepts of ikebana, Ishihara colors his gardens using the leaves on trees (rather than by depending on bright flowers) and strives to make them look like natural landscapes. And whereas moss is considered undesirable in Europe, he uses it to suggest the passage of time. We hope viewers will enjoy seeing Ishihara blend the East and West to create gardening magic.

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A Tale of Love and Honor: Life in Gion

DOCUMENTARY - Cultural Issues

Bronze World Medal

The Kyoto district of Gion is home to historic teahouses where traditional female entertainers known as geiko perform classical arts such as music and dance for carefully selected guests. Gion is a hidden, exclusive world, and the women who devote their lives to work there are bound by rules so stringent, some people might call them inhuman. But why do the women of Gion accept this way of life? NHK were intrigued by a veteran geiko’s observation that nobody in Gion ever gets married. We spent years patiently persuading the proprietress of a teahouse to relax her rule that nobody is admitted without an introduction from an established customer. The result is a look behind the curtain at stories—poignant yet proud—of women who live by principles totally different from those of the outside world.

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Last Doctor Standing

DOCUMENTARY - National Affairs

Bronze World Medal

Takano Hospital stands in the town of Hirono, which lies 22 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Its director, Dr. Hideo Takano, is still treating patients at the age of 81. The nuclear accident in 2011 completely changed the environment surrounding the hospital. All other hospitals in the vicinity of the nuclear plant stopped functioning, so Takano received a rush of ambulance cases. With the region’s medical infrastructure in a state of collapse, Takano Hospital became the last line of defense for incomers working on decontamination and reconstruction and for elderly people who now had no other place to go. The nuclear accident continues to impact the vulnerable, as evidenced by the state of regional medical care. The makers of this documentary want the world to know about people who are doing their best in these circumstances. The program follows the elderly Dr. Takano over a period of 2,000 days as he struggles on at the nearest hospital to the nuclear plant.

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