“Okinawa, the Afterburn" Screening of the Film, Followed by Discussion with the Director
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 6:00pm

November 15, 2016

6 pm | Room 327/8/9 Smith Memorial Student Union  

Free and Open to the Public

Film is in English 

Named Best Documentary, Mainichi Film Awards
No. 1, Kinema junpo Best Ten Documentaries

A major hit in Japan since its release in June 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, Okinawa: The Afterburn is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive picture of the Battle and the ensuing 70-year occupation of Okinawa by the US military.

The film conveys the complex postwar fate of Okinawa, an island that has had to live side-by-side with an extensive array of U.S. military bases, and the related crimes, accidents, and pollution they have caused, while coexisting, on a personal level, with the occupying soldiers. 

In Okinawa, the legacy of the war translates into a deeply rooted aversion to military force. This has been expressed in recent years by the island-wide rejection of the plan to build a new US base at Henoko, a source of controversy to this day. Okinawa: The Afterburn explores the roots of this resistance and Okinawa’s vision for the future.

John Junkerman has been making documentary films in Japan and the US for over 30 years. His previous films include the Academy Award-nominated Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima; and Japan’s Peace Constitution, exploring the global significance of Japan’s pacifist national charter.

With Support from The United States-Japan Foundation
and made possible through a contribution from an anonymous donor. 

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