[act-ma] Nov 4 - "OKINAWA: The Afterburn" - Documentary Film & Discussion with Director John Junkerman
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Tue Nov 1 12:22:29 PDT 2016
Join us for a special screening of the English-language version of this popular documentary, followed by a discussion with director John Junkerman.The film won Best Documentary in the Kinema Junpo film magazine awards and the Mainichi Film Awards.
A major hit in Japanese theaters since its release in June, Okinawa: The Afterburn is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive picture of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and the ensuing 70-year occupation of the island by the US military. In April 1945, American forces invaded Okinawa, launching a battle that lasted 12 weeks and claimed the lives of 240,000 people. The film recounts the battle through the eyes of Japanese and American soldiers who fought on the same battlefields, along with Okinawan civilians swept up in the fighting. The film carries the story to the present, depicting the discrimination and oppression forced upon Okinawa by the American and Japanese governments. With Okinawa now embroiled in a struggle over the construction of a new base, this timely film illuminates the roots of a deep-seated resistance.
Nov. 4 (Fri), 4:00–7:00
Harvard University Japan Forum
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St
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