Okinawa Documentary Portrays The Legacy Of War

(Honolulu Civil Beat) Subtitled in English and Japanese, “Okinawa: The Afterburn” has been called the most comprehensive film of its kind and praised for its even-handed examination of the legacy of war, discrimination and sacrifice as it sheds light on the complex history shared by Okinawans, Japanese and Americans.

The film closely examines the impacts of land seizures that led to a network of more than 30 U.S. bases that still occupy over 15 percent of an island almost 20 percent smaller than Kauai.

One of the most powerful scenes in the film is when Junkerman interviews one of the three U.S. marines convicted of gang raping a 12-year-old Okinawan girl in 1995, an outrage that reignited fury against the U.S. bases that continues to the present.

Source: By Jon Letman, Honolulu Civil Beat

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