48 Years - Silent Dictator

48 Years - Silent Dictator

  • Available to stream online: Fri, Oct 16, 8:30pm to Sun, Oct 16, 8:30pm
  • Virtual Q&A: Sun, Oct 18, 8:30pm

ASL Interpreted, Open Captions

Hiroshi Sunairi / 2018 / Japanese with English subtitles / Japan/USA / 76 min / North American Premiere

Iwao Hakamada, a former professional boxer was sentenced to death in 1968 for mass murder and held on death row for 48 years, the longest solitary confinement in history. In 2014, Hakamada was granted immediate release after Shizuoka district court found that the evidence against him had been fabricated. One year later, now 79 years old, Mr. Hakamada suffers from prison psychosis. While adjusting to his newfound freedoms, he navigates a labyrinth of delusions within his life’s predicaments. This phenomenal documentary is a sensitive and intimate portrait with a dazzling score by Arto Lindsay (DNA, The Lounge Lizards, Ambitious Lovers) capturing Hakamada’s victorious will against the immeasurable consequences of spending nearly half a century in complete solitude.

Screening with

Sohrab Hura | 2019 | India | English | 13 mins

In this experimental and visually enriching audio-visual essay, photographer Soharb Hura documents his intimate family life, his mother, who was diagnosed with acute paranoid schizophrenia, and her dog, Elsa. Over ten years, a project that began as a coping mechanism reveals the banalities of everyday home life.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Q&A with Hiroshi Sunairi

Following the screening of 48 Years – Silent Dictator, join filmmaker Hiroshi Sunairi for a virtual Q&A to discuss his experience documenting the life of Iwao Hakamada. The discussion will be moderated by Amina Mohamed, a representative from Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network.