NYU Screening of Film about Okinawa's Base Situation



The Strangled Sea, Okinawa, Japan, NYC, WWII, US military, Henoko, base situation, NYU, NYU Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts

The Strangled Sea

Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Michelson Theater – 721 Broadway, 6th Floor

Admission: Free

The NYU Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts presents the raw emotion of the US military base situation in Okinawa with a screening of The Strangled Sea.

Directed by Asako Kageyama and Yukihisa Fujimoto, the film captures how the government of Japan, behind the shields of the local/state police and coast guards, forcibly proceeded with the infamous construction in the sea of Henoko in July 2014 while violently cracking down on protesters. Nearly 80 state-operated vessels fill the sea of Henoko to surveille and suppress. Facing the fangs of state power, the elders of Okinawa recall the Battle of Okinawa during WWII and how today’s repressive regime resembles the murderers who landed on the same island 70 years ago.

The filmmakers say that we haven’t listened to countless nos the Okinawan people have said aloud. We haven’t seen how they used up the last string of democratic methods to protest the base. We only know for sure that the governments of both Japan and the US have never attempted to listen to the voice of Okinawa.

The fight continues under the sizzling sun, in the rain before storms. On the sea, in the street, in front of the construction trucks. Okinawans are not giving in. Is the Japanese government going to murder the will of Okinawa again? Or will it be stopped? To whom does the sea of Henoko belong?

For more information, please visit the website of the NYU Department of East Asian Studies.