Okinawa: The Afterburn Film Showing & Discussion
Wednesday, November 18
Gelman Room 214
Join us for a special screening of the English-language version of this popular documentary, followed by a discussion with director John Junkerman.
A major hit in Japanese theaters since its release in June, Okinawa: The Afterburn is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive picture of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and the ensuing 70-year occupation of the island by the US military. In April 1945, American forces invaded Okinawa, launching a battle that lasted 12 weeks and claimed the lives of 240,000 people. The film recounts the battle through the eyes of Japanese and American soldiers who fought on the same battlefields, along with Okinawan civilians swept up in the fighting. The film carries the story to the present, depicting the discrimination and oppression forced upon Okinawa by the American and Japanese governments. With Okinawa now embroiled in a struggle over the construction of a new base, this timely film illuminates the roots of a deep-seated resistance.
Co-sponsored by the Global Resources Center and Veterans For Peace, Ryukyu Okinawa Chapter Organizing Committee