It’s a great, moving and beautiful film and it features Okinawa too. “Anpo” is a short for “U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty” signed in 1960. US bases continue to exist in Japan because of ANPO. The film shows inspiring footage, interviews, artworks and stories of the huge resistance in 1960’s Japan. It will probably make you want to go out and shout. Visuals and music are striking features of the film as well.
Unless you are a MoMA member, purcase your ticket at MoMA ticket counter on the day of screening.
Forward from the Director Linda Hoaglund:
On Friday, February 25th, at 7PM, the Museum of Modern Art will screen ANPO: Art X War, as part of its Documentary Fortnight series.ANPO: Art X War, a feature-length film, depicts the untold story of resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan through a collage of electrifying paintings, photographs and films by Japan’s most respected artists. The artists and their art convey the devastating impact of the struggle against the U.S. military presence, which erupted into a democratic national uprising in 1960 and festers to this day.ANPO: Art X War was featured in the January 2011 issue of Art in America:“Shot in lavish high-def digital ANPO: Art X War offers as many opportunities for aesthetic appreciationand art-historical discovery as it does for insight into social and political history.”“The movie’s interviewees make up a who’s who of postwar Japanese art.”ANPO: Art X War premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and has been widely released in theaters throughout Japan.For more information on the MoMA screening, including how to purchase tickets, visit:For more information about ANPO: Art X War, visit: www.anpomovie.comI hope you will take this opportunity to watch ANPO: Art X War on the big screen.Linda HoaglundDirector/ProducerANPO: Art X War
In the world where we got so many problems, we tend to hear many voices like: “well, the situation will not change after all” or “there’s nothing can be done to change the reality.” We also tend not to get encouraged to ask why this is bad or why that needs to change. Unless you are bookmarking alternative news resources or following public intellectuals on twitter, it seems, you can’t get informed of “important matters”. Whether or not it is the case, what we need to do is quite simple, as the wonderful people from Egypt showed us. This historical event was achieved by ordinary people going out in the streets to fight for their rights. Even though Twitter and Facebook are accounted to have been a “help” in the Egyptian revolution, what mattered eventually was people that came out to the streets, didn’t go back inside their doors until their “NO” was heard correctly.
Okinawan people and their supporters are outside and voicing their NO as well. For quite a long time now. They never stopped saying NO since 2007. Why on the earth would you want to live next to a helicopter landing zone, Why would you wanna walk just underneath a helicopter that might crash on your house, or on your kids’ school?
A short documentary film “Message from Yanbaru” (2007) shows a crucial protest against destruction of our basic right to live. The first few minutes into the film show the rich natural environment Yanbaru boasts of, the area where new US helipads are being built.
The northern part of Okinawa’s main island, surrounded by abundant forests, is called “YANBARU”. The irreplaceable habitat area of endangered spicies, many of which are listed in the Red Data like NOGUCHI GERA (woodpecker), and YANBARU KUINA (rail). There’s also a valuable water reservoirs, which provide 60% of city water on the entire island. Local District TAKAE is located in the middle of such YANBARU.
Takae is a small district with population of 150, 20 % of which are children under 15 years old.
Takae residents surely live surrounded by such beautiful nature. In the film children run about cheerfully and the grandpa feeds his goats their favorite mulberry leaves. Their life suddenly changes in the summer of 2007 when Japan and US began bringing on a construction of 6 new helipads that are closely located to residential houses, the community center and schools in Takae. They soon start their sit-in protest, forming human chains and having talks with the local Defence Agency workers, many of who are also Okinawans. One manager from the Agency in the film cannot even help showing his sympathy to protesters’ calls. He probably is an Okinawan also. Naturally the Agency must have thought the manager was too soft, and now assigns a new guy who acts much more aggressive on people.
After the police intervenes and the Agency finally stops their aggressive operation, Mr. Teruo Ohnishi, a former schoolteacher, starts a conversation with the Agency personnel. This actually doesn’t sound like a conversation, since the Agency guys just stand there speechless. Mr. Ohnishi’s story is a message to all of us. Because we all need to know how the whole movement originates to a long history of oppression in Okinawa. Mr Ohnishi mentions how rapes on girls are caused by US soldiers, and how, for dacades, human life is not permitted in large part of the Okinawan land because of the presence of US military. His message tells us how the Takae protest springs out from a very basic account of human rights.
The film “Message fom Yanbaru” will soon be available with English subtitles. Please check back for updates.