Japan Prize Conference Vol.5
Conversation with the Creators of “I am Greta”
Educational Media in the Face of Global Crisis

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April marks the beginning of the competition season for Japan Prize 2022.
To mark this occasion, we invite you to join us for an inspiring conversation with Nathan Grossman and Cecilia Nessen, the director and producer of the Japan Prize 2021 Grand Prix film “I am Greta”. The film follows Sweden’s environmental activist Greta Thunberg on her journey to become one of the most influential persons of the century. Nathan and Cecilia will share their experience working on the film and talk about the impact the film has had on youth around the world.

We will also discuss the disruption of peace in Ukraine -- how it has impacted the global fight against climate change and what we as members of the educational media can do to maintain collective momentum in face of this crisis.

*English-Japanese simultaneous translation available.

Monday 4 April 2022,
9:00pm-10:00pm, Japan Time
Zoom Webinar online live streaming
*Participation is free, but advance registration is required.
Nathan Grossman

Nathan Grossman

“I am Greta” Director


Nathan Grossman is a Swedish film director working mainly with projects about climate and environmental topics. His work has spanned from viral short films via tv-series to his latest award winning documentary feature “I am Greta” about Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg’s rise to fame.

Cecilia Nessen

Cecilia Nessen

“I am Greta” Producer


Cecilia Nessen is an experienced documentary producer working with international productions. She has produced several features with premieres in film festivals from Cannes to Sundance. Apart from "I am Greta", Cecilia also produced the EFA winner "Bergman - A Year in a Life" about the life of Ingmar Bergman.

Iris Yudai

Iris Yudai

Senior Advisor, Content Development
CBC (Canada)


Iris Yudai is a longtime programmer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where she supports development of new and existing radio, TV and podcast programs. She is also an adult educator, with a passion for mentoring the next generation of leaders and storytellers. She is a staunch believer in the power of public service journalism to educate and empower citizens.

Yasuda Shin

Yasuda Shin

Japan Prize Secretary General, NHK


Shin joined NHK in 1997, working first at NHK Hiroshima Station and then the Program Production Department in Tokyo. In addition to producing art, educational, factual entertainment, and documentary programs, he has also been involved in numerous international co-production projects. Shin served as a juror for the Japan Prize’s Lifelong Learning Category in 2017. Since 2018, he is responsible for overseeing NHK’s short-documentary strand NO-NARÉ. The documentary JAKE AND CHARICE about a Filipino transgender singer, Jake, was nominated for an International Emmy in 2020.