New documentary Inochi no Umi addresses Okinawans’ thoughts on Henoko base construction

New documentary Inochi no Umi addresses Okinawans’ thoughts on Henoko base construction

One scene from the documentary Inochi no Umi Henoko Ourawan

August 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


Director Keifuku Janamoto recently completed his documentary film Inochi no Umi Henoko Ourawan (Henoko and Oura Bay, the Sea of Life), which follows the lives and experiences of people living in the area around Oura Bay, where construction of a new base as a replacement facility for Futenma Air Station is moving forward.


Public screenings of the film will be held throughout Okinawa Prefecture starting in September.

The documentary’s runtime is 71 minutes.

Henoko residents who oppose the construction of the new base through sit-in protesting at the U.S. Camp Schwab gates share their thoughts in the film.

Film director Keifuku Janamoto

Images taken of Oura Bay and Henoko Village from the sky with an RC helicopter are also shown.

Janamoto stated, “Aside from introducing the conditions of the Battle of Okinawa and Ourasaki Camp, among other things, we also interviewed former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who was unable to implement the relocation of Futenma Air Station outside of the prefecture.

” He also mentioned that he hopes the viewership scope of the film extends, and that many people come to know about the nature in Oura Bay and Okinawa’s history.

There will be public screenings of the documentary at Nago City Central Library at noon on September 13 and at 1:00 p.m. on September 16.

More screenings will take place at Haebaru Cultural Center at 2:00 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. on September 16.

Admission is free for each screening.

The DVD of the film will be available for purchase starting in mid-September for 2000 yen.

For inquiries about the film please call +81 080 (3225) 1854.



(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)


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