Kamejiro Senaga documentary by Takahiko Sako begin early September screenings in Tokyo

Kamejiro Senaga documentary by Takahiko Sako begin early September screenings in Tokyo

Director Takahiko Sako (left) and Kamejiro Senaga’s daughter (right) introduce the documentary Kamejiro, the man the U.S. military was most afraid of, on August 26 at Euro Space in Shibuya, Tokyo.


 

August 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 26 screenings of director Takahiko Sako’s documentary Kamejiro, the man the U.S. military was most afraid of, began in Tokyo.

The film is about Kamejiro Senaga, who persisted in his stance of opposing political pressure under the U.S. occupation.

Sako has succeeded in securing Euro Space in Shibuya for screenings of his documentary during the first part of September.

Introducing his film onstage prior to the August 26 screening, Sako said, “I want people to come to know Okinawan postwar history through seeing the way Kamejiro-san lived his life, and I want to bring them to recognize various things through shedding light on current circumstances in Japan.”

Senaga’s second-eldest daughter Chihiro Uchimura joined Sako onstage.

She said that many people around her to whom she has no connections tell her how deeply they were touched by the way her father lived his life.

In addition she explained: “Only after his death did I look into [his life’s work] and understand his greatness.

My father carried the profound influence of my grandmother’s love for him throughout his life.”

 

Touching on the topic of construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago, and related matters, Uchimura said that Okinawa is currently experiencing hardships.

She mentioned her desire for study sessions and discussion panels to promote people’s understanding of Okinawa.

Within Okinawa, aside from being screened at the Sakurazaka Theatre in Naha, the Kamejiro documentary was also screened on August 28 and 29 at Okinawa Civic Theater Ashibina.

 

 

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

 

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