MEGUMI NISHIKURA

I am passionate about addressing our global and social issues through documentary storytelling. 

 

Before working as a producer and director at Blue Chalk Media, I spent five years working for the United Nations, producing and directing documentaries on environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss. Believing in the healing power of storytelling, I have captured stories of 9/11 survivors and those impacted by the 2011 Tsunami in northeastern Japan.

I received the Rotary World Peace Fellowship which allowed me to pursue a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies while continuing to produce films and videos. My award-winning independent film, "Hafu—the mixed-race experience in Japan" screened theatrically throughout Japan and aired in the U.S. on PBS.  In 2015, I produced "Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight" which aired on BBC World News. 

 

I currently work as a freelancer Producer & Director in New York.

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Work Experience

April 2016 - August 2020

PRODUCER, BLUE CHALK MEDIA

Produced and directed short videos for a variety of non-profit, educational, and corporate clients including the Carnegie Corporation of NY, National School Boards Association, Morgan Stanley, and Pearson Education.

August 2014 - October 2015

MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER, 9/11 TRIBUTE CENTER

Filmed and edited oral histories on the experiences of September 11th, 2001 for the museum’s kiosks and online exhibitions. Produced promotional and marketing videos for fundraising and social media.

January 2009 - August 2013

VIDEO PRODUCER, UNITED NATIONS MEDIA 

Produced and directed long and short form videos for the award-winning United Nations web magazine Our World addressing issues related to climate change, energy, biodiversity and food security. Productions took place in Japan, Malaysia, and Bangladesh. Videos were presented at the COP10 Biodiversity and COP15 Climate Change conferences. 

Filmography

SONO

As the first Asian American dancer to travel the world with the Russian Ballet, star in a hit Broadway musical, and win a Donaldson Award, Sono Osato should be a household name like Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, and Zero Mostel, the talented and famous men whom she worked closely with. But while on-stage her Mixed-Race face and Japanese ethnicity could usually be ignored, opportunities for Sono on-screen were limited to servants and prostitutes. And then, at the height of her career, she was targeted by the US government for her social justice work and fell into the chasm of McCarthyism and was ultimately blacklisted. SONO, the film, will reveal the many ways that a woman of color – even those with all the talent in the world and who do everything “right” – can get tripped and pushed until they stay down… or decide that it’s safer to lay low.  Visit www.sonoosatofilm.com for more.

MINIDOKA (2019)

Published by TIME, “Minidoka” follows a young Japanese American activist as he traces his family’s history of incarceration during World War II and applies lessons learned to today’s politics.

FALL SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT: THE JAPANESE WAR BRIDES (2015)

26-minute documentary broadcasted on BBC World News about the experiences of three firstborn daughters of Japanese War Brides - women who married their former enemies after World War II.

HAFU - THE MIXED RACE EXPERIENCE IN JAPAN (2013)

Feature-length documentary following the experience of five half Japanese individuals in modern-day Japan. Broadcasted on PBS. Winner of “Best Documentary” at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Played theatrically in 5 cities across Japan. Recipient of the Japan Foundation Documentary Award and the Center For Asian American Documentary Fund. Featured in the New York Times, BBC, Japan Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, CNNgo, Aljazeera, and others. www.hafufilm.com

Education

INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

MA, Peace Studies
Rotary World Peace Fellow

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Tish School of Arts
BFA in FILM & TV Production

©2020 by Megumi Nishikura.