Filmmaker Junkerman to take his movie “The Afterburn” to the US

Filmmaker Junkerman to take his movie “The Afterburn” to the US

Filmmaker John Junkerman talking with sit-in participants at Camp Schwab gate.

February 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Documentary filmmaker John Junkerman, who made the full-length documentary movie The Afterburn (“Okinawa: Urizun no Ame”), visited Camp Schwab gate to film the people who are protesting against the new U.S. military base construction in Henoko, Nago City, on February 4. As the film will be screened in the United States, the filmmakers will add new interviews of participants in the protest movement at the gate to reflect the current situation.

Junkerman said he would like to show audiences in the United States the people who dedicate themselves to prevent the base construction.

The Veterans for Peace, a peace group of retired US soldiers, will take the initiative in holding screening events around the United States.

The movie depicts the modern history of Okinawa, in which the war created an adverse situation on Okinawa. It also traced the issue of U.S. military bases in Okinawa, including the Henoko relocation. The documentary ranked first in the Kinema Junpo Best Ten ranking in the Cultural Movie genre last year.

The documentary is expected to include interviews with youths such as Ai Tamaki from SEALDs Ryukyu and researchers, in addition to the sit-in participants.

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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