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What's going on in Henoko and Takae in Okinawa

tanbarukuina-kun.jpgThursday, March 6 @7PM
at Bluestockings Books
172 Allen Street
New York, New York 10002
(btwn Stanton and Rivington)
TEL: 212.777.6028

Screening of two documentaries, which follow protesters over U.S. militarization in Okinawa. Following the decision to construct new U.S. military facilities in the sea of Henoko and Takae in the mountain on the island, local residents have staged ongoing protests in both sea and land, often physically, but non violently, engaging the authorities' use of brutal force. Trying to literally block with their bodies the militarization of their island.

1) "Updated Report from Henoko, Okinawa"
(25 min/ DVD/ Japanese with the abridged English translation)
Dir. Fujimoto Yukihisa

The director of "Marines Go Home" Fujimoto Yukihisa released a sequel of his work on Henoko, Okinawa, focusing on the sit-in action on the sea to protest a construction plan of the US base.
On May, 18, 2007, in the darkness of the dawn, the Ministry of Defense supported the "feasibility studies", which is violating the environmental assessment law. JSDF dispatched a minesweeper tender, “Bungo” with 7000 of tonnage, conveying a special diving unit....


2)"Message from Yanbaru: A Documentary of Takae, Higashi Village in Okinawa"
(22 min/ DVD/ Japanese with the English translation of the script)
and "Updated Report from Takae, Dec. 26, 2007- Feb. 7, 2008"
(10 min/ DVD/ Japanese with the English translation of the script)
Dir. Higa "Marty" Masato

There is a construction plan of helipads for US Marine Corps in Takae district in Higashi Village, northern part of Okinawa. It is located in the middle of the abundant natural woods called "Yanbaru" (mountainous area) , where is the last sanctuary of many endangered spices like Noguchigera (woodpecker) , Yanbaru Kuina (rail), and other birds, insects, and plants listed on the red data book. Residents in Takae and supporters started sit-in action to stop construction in last July, and is still going on today.