The Targeted Village, Chie Mikami, Okinawa, US military, osprey, Takae, military, Vietnam War, Japan, API People's Solidarity, Sloths Against Nuclear State, Futenma Air Base

Screening: The Targeted Village

Thursday, May 21 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

CUNY Graduate Center, Martin E. Segal Theater (Ground Floor) – 365 5th Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets)

Admission: Free

API People’s Solidarity presents a screening of The Targeted Village, a documentary film by Okinawan journalist Chie Mikami. The Targeted Village focuses on the residents of the Takae district in northern Okinawa, their recent protests against the construction of U.S. military helipads and deployment of Osprey helicopters, and the Japanese government’s attempt to coax and silence them.

Released in Japan in 2014, the 91-minute film is based on an award-winning TV program produced by Mikami. She highlights Takae’s difficult history with the U.S. military, which used the land and residents as a mock target in jungle warfare training during the Vietnam War. The subtropical rainforest surrounding Takae is still being used for U.S. Marine Corps training, including guerrilla attacks, infantry training, and helicopter drills.

The contested deployment of MV-22 Osprey aircrafts at the Futenma Air Base was met with an unprecedented, complete shutdown of the Air Base by Okinawa residents. They were later forcibly removed by police in scenes most major networks never aired. According to Mikami, the film “showed well who the people of Okinawa are fighting against and why they are forced to fight such a battle.”

The film will be followed by short presentations about the struggles in Okinawa and a Q&A session with Okinawa native Megumi Chibana (University of Hawai’i) and Yuko Tonohira (Sloths Against Nuclear State, NYC), who have been supporting on-the-ground struggles in Okinawa.

Light food and beverages will be provided.

Co-sponsored by:
API People’s Solidarity (APIPS)
The Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center
The Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center
Revolutionizing American Studies, CUNY Graduate Center
The Space-time Research Collective, CUNY Graduate Center
Earth and Environmental Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center
New York Okinawa Club
Brooklyn for Peace
Granny Peace Brigade
Peace Action of New York
Ya-Ya Network
United National Antiwar Coalition
Na Oiwi NYC
A/P/A Studies Program & Institute of NYU
Japan-US Feminist Network for Decolonization

Seating is first-come first-served, so make sure you arrive on time.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.