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The international English-language TV channel from Japan's public broadcaster NHK, NHK WORLD-JAPAN, is to participate in Japanese film festival Nippon Connection taking place from 28 May to 2 June in Frankfurt.
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In two exclusive screenings, NHK WORLD-JAPAN will show documentaries focusing on the work and mission of Hayao Miyazaki and Aeham Ahmad.
10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki will offer an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at anime film director Hayao Miyazaki. It shadows him at work as he creates characters and plotlines for what would become his 2008 blockbuster Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. This programme is the first in a four-part series.

Aeham Ahmad was born and raised in Syria. Even during the civil war, he continued to play the piano and sing, aiming to bring cheer to children surrounded by the conflict. After fleeing to Germany, he continued to rely on his voice and his piano. In April, he held a concert in Hiroshima, Japan, where he came across a piano exposed to radiation when the city was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945. The encounter proved to be a turning point for him, and he now teaches music to refugee children from Syria. The Pianist from Syria programme looks at his efforts to use music to help these children at a time when xenophobic sentiment is on the rise in Germany.

The two documentaries will also be shown at a special screening at the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne Japan Foundation) on 3 June.

The screenings at Nippon Connection 2019 and at the Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne follow NHK WORLD-JAPAN's recent launch on the cable network of Vodafone Deutschland, making the channel available nationwide throughout Germany.

The move is part of NHK WORLD-JAPAN's ongoing initiative to expand its presence in Germany, giving German households an inside view into Japanese news, culture and lifestyle.