June 26, 2019

Our Island’s Treasure Public Screening

Filed under: community,events — Tags: , — okinawacollection @ 11:30 AM

Hawai’i Film Premier & Community Talk Event

Documentary Film: Our Island’s Treasure (=私達の島の宝)

Our Island's Treasure Film Public Screening Flyer

“Henoko, Okinawa is the location of one of the most bio-diverse ocean regions on the planet – Oura Bay. It is also the cite where the Japanese and U.S. governments intend to build a new U.S. Marine Corps base, despite the democratic opposition of Okinawans. The ongoing landfill work to create this base has created a crisis that is destroying thousand year old coral reef structures, and threatens the aquatic life in the bay, including 5300 species and 262 endangered species whose habitat will be destroyed with this base construction.

One of these animals is the dugong – a marine mammal that is traditionally thought of by Okinawans as sacred “Messengers of Peace.” This “cousin” to the manatee is currently listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and is entitled to protections under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Here, at one of the last refuges for the endangered dugong, Okinawan people have held continuous sit-ins to block construction trucks for almost 2000 days, led mostly by elderly war survivors determined to protect the island and ocean.

Following the screening, Kaiya will join us in a short community talk via live video conference call. Light Refreshments will be provided.”

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: 17-year old Okinawan-American Kaiya Yonamine is a high school student and Nisei (2nd generation) Uchinaanchu from Portland, Oregon who was frustrated with the silence of the media around this crisis in Okinawa. So, she returned to Henoko this past spring to make a documentary film exploring what is happening in Okinawa now, appealing to her youth peers and the world. Mother and daughter team, Moe and Kaiya Yonamine, made and sold thousands of cookies and paper cranes to raise funds to pay for travel expenses so Kaiya could return to Henoko to support their elders and document this 22-year struggle to protect the island and our oceans.

For more info: Please email naomimr@hawaii.edu or call 808-782-0023

Related site: https://www.riseforhenoko.com/