2016 / UCLA screening Oct. 3: Documentary on anti-nuclear protest in Tokyo in 2011, Talk by filmmaker in person

Film Tell the Prime Minister

Forwarded for UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

October 3, 2016/ 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
UCLA Faculty Center, Hacienda Room, 480 Charles E Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Tell the Prime Minister – Free Film Screening

1:00 – 1:15 Opening remarks and a brief introduction of Prof. Oguma
1:20 – 3:10 Film screening “Tell the Prime Minister” (首相官邸のまえで)

Short break

3:30 – 4:40 TALK by Prof. Oguma Eiji
4:40 – 5:15 Reaction by Prof. Kats Hirano and Prof. Hannah Appel
5:15 – 6:00 Q/A, Discussion

After “Occupy Wall Street” in New York, and before the “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong, 200,000 people surrounded the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo for an anti-nuclear demonstration. However, this incident was not reported extensively by the media and subsequently went unnoticed by the world.

This documentary film captures the anti-nuclear protests in Tokyo after the Fukushima nuclear incident in March 2011. The theme of the film is the crisis that democracy faces, and the reconstruction of democracy.

The film is composed of interviews with eight individuals and footage from that time. The eight people who appear include a former Prime Minister, an evacuee from Fukushima, a political activist, a shop clerk, an artist, a hospital worker, and a businessperson, both Japanese and non-Japanese.

The film describes how these people from diverse backgrounds converged amidst the crisis.

Video recordings cited in the film show the terrifying experiences of the nuclear disaster, anti-nuclear demonstrations, speeches, and the official meeting between activists and the Prime Minister.

The videos were shot by independent citizens and uploaded to the internet.

We sought permission to use footage from each person after explaining our intentions. As such, each person voluntarily provided their videos to us.

A groundbreaking film created in a unique and unprecedented manner.

The director, Eiji OGUMA(小熊英二), is a professor of Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University in Tokyo. His researches cover the national identity and nationalism, colonial policy, democracy thoughts and social movements in modern Japan from the view of historical sociology.

He has earned 6 prizes for his published works in Japan. He has participated and gained credibility in the anti-nuke movement in Tokyo after the Fukushima incident.

This is his first film work which was completed with cooperation of many activists and voluntary filmmakers.

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More info about the film can be found here: http://www.uplink.co.jp/kanteimae/index_en.php

Please park in lot 2 for $12.

Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies