Documentary film The Target Village screened in the United States
October 28, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from New Jersey
On October 26, at Fort Lee Public Library in New Jersey, the United States, a documentary film titled The Target Village directed by Chie Mikami and produced by QAB （Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting) was screened. This work depicts residents who are struggling against the building of U.S. Marine helipad in Takae, Higakshi.
Spectators were watching with serious faces. Some people cried when they saw clash scenes between residents and police officers at the helipad construction site at Takae, and near U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma when the MV-22 Osprey aircraft were deployed. They were sad because the people clashing were all Okinawan people.
Participants shared their views after the film show. A spectator raised a question, “Why don’t the people in mainland of Japan unite with Okinawans to eliminate U.S. military bases from Okinawa?”
NPO Able established by Rachel Clark, who served as an interpreter during Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine’s visit to the United States in May, planned this event. On October 25, The Ghosts of Jeju, documenting resistance to the construction of a U.S. naval base on Jeju Island, South Korea, was screened.
Clark said, “When I served as an interpreter for the mayor, I thought there are so many things that we need to know in the world. And I want to spread that information to the United States.”
English teacher Paul Dan came to watch the film with his wife. He said, “I used to feel uncomfortable watching these types of documentary films as an American because my impression of those films was that they are like anti-American propaganda. But, after we watched the two documentaries, we were shocked about what is happening in Okinawa and Jeju Island right now. I want many people to become aware of those issues.”
(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)
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