Mr. Sakue, Senior Producer at NHK, shared with us his weekly program, “Welcome Senior.” A concept where by adult, and generally pretty senior, graduates of elementary schools across Japan, go back to their elementary school to share their thoughts with the young ones. He shared with us his concept and the purpose of doing this show. We saw one episode where a talking magician goes back to his hometown elementary school where he performed poorly as a student to encourage students to face their “Jekyll & Hyde” and overcome their biggest fears through performing magic. We saw another episode where a Doctors without Borders physician goes back to discuss the morals of War with a generation of Japanese kids that have no remembrance of War. We also saw an episode where a brain surgeon talks to the students about being a doctor and the difficult decisions that he has to make, and invites the students to participate in one of his surgeries with a patient that the students met and got a bit psychologically attached to.
朔衛先生為NHK資深製作人，與我們分享他所製作的節目「Welcome Senior」。這是一個以成年人為目標型態的節目，邀請有一定年紀的人回到他的國小母校，分享他們的經驗給現在的小學生。 他傳達他的觀念與製作目的。我們觀看了其中一集，描述一位魔術師回到他的母校，在小學時其他總是表演的非常之差，藉此來鼓勵學生們要正面面對他們的「變身博士」並且透過表演來克服心中的最大恐懼。 我們也觀賞了另外一集，提到了一位無國籍醫生的會員醫生，會到母校談論戰爭，讓這群為經歷過戰爭的現代日本小孩可以認識國家的歷史。 在另外一次的節目中，可以看到一位腦外科醫生談論到身為醫生的煩惱，尤其是在必須做關鍵決定的時刻。 這位醫生並邀請學生們觀摩他的手術過程，並與該位病患見面。
The program was very well made, and so touching. It is highly successful, even after 10 years and has even received the Emmy Award and Japan Prize. I am not sure where this can be seen or rented, but do check it out if you have a chance.
We also listened to Mr. Fujiki talk about his experience producing a documentary called “Marina.” This is a documentary based on an Afghan director making a film about a girl after the fall of the Taliban. I think my eyes were not dry for a minute after the 10th minute. Truly sad, and this movie was made in 2003 as was this documentary but then you look at Afghanistan now and wonder if anything has improved and what the female protagonist is doing.
The documentary made by NHK follows the 12-year old as she is chosen from by the director and her experience of going from begging on the streets in post-war Afghanistan to becoming the lead for this movie and then returning to the streets after the completion of this movie.
I highly recommend both the movie and this documentary if you can get your hands on a copy.