Directed By Kenji Tsukamoto

USA | Documentary | 86 min

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

— About Ashima

ASHIMA follows elite rock climber Ashima Shiraishi as she travels to South Africa, attempting to be the youngest climber to master one of the world’s most challenging climbs. Accompanying Ashima is her father and coach Poppo, a former avante-garde dancer who brings an eccentric, tough-love approach to Ashima’s training. The story examines the sacrifices required to achieve at the highest level and the complex relationship between immigrant parents and their children. ASHIMA is an intimate coming-of-age story about climbing, family, and the pursuit of the American Dream.


    • Date and Time

      Friday, August 02 2024

      6:15 PM to 7:56 PM

    • Venue

      Regal Union Square - Auditorium 15

      850 Broadway
      New York, NY 10003

    Film Details

    1. Japanese, English

    2. English

    3. 2023

    4. 86 minutes

    5. Adventure, Coming-of-Age, Family

    6. Documentary

    7. USA

      1. Kenji Tsukamoto

      Born in Fukushima, Japan, Kenji moved to America as a child where his family relocated frequently across the country. Having been immersed in various cultures both in the United States and Japan during his formative years, Kenji offers a distinct point of view in his storytelling. As a third culture kid, Kenji found a kindred spirit in the world-renowned climber Ashima Shiraishi, who became the subject of his first feature film.

      1. Minji Chang/Dave Boyle/Roy Choi/Kenji Tsukamoto

      1. Ashima Shiraishi

        Miko Shiraishi

        Poppo Shiraishi

        Chris Sharma

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