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Palestine, Middle East

5Disk Box Set
Living in Gaza

Life in Gaza

2015/5Disk
Audio: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English, Japanease

Living in Gaza: Official Website

Israel’s blockade and bombardments have left Gaza in crisis. Residents' hopes, rallied by the 1993 Peace Accords (Oslo Accords) which conjured the dream of Gaza as the «Hong Kong of the Middle East,» have been shattered. How did the present situation in Gaza come about? The commentary of Raji Sourani, a human rights advocate working on behalf of Palestine, guides this visual history of Gaza, retracing events from the First Intifada in 1986 through the 2008-2009 bombings.

  • Part 1: Raji Sourani’s Path(52min)
  • Part 2: Two Intifadas(82min)
  • Part 3: Rise of Hamas(67min)
  • Part 4: Blockade(84min)
  • Part 5: Assault on Gaza(86min)

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Attack on Gaza Summer 2014

Attack on Gaza
Summer 2014

2015/124min
Audio: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English, Japanease

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The large-scale attack unleashed by the Israeli military on July 8, 2014, and the ground invasion that followed it, resulted in the deaths of 2,150 people in Gaza. 1,400 of those people—around 70% of the total--were civilians. More than 20,000 homes were destroyed, and several hundreds of thousands of new refugees resulted from the crisis.

The damage, moreover, did not end there. The infrastructure of Gaza’s daily life and industries—including agriculture, factories, and electrical power plants—were destroyed, resulting in civilian life being completely paralyzed even after the attack had ended.

What was Israel’s aim? What impact did the attack have on the people of Gaza, who suffered extensive damage, and what were their feelings toward the ruling group Hamas?

These questions are addressed in this film, as seen through the eyes of a Japanese journalist who spent 30 days on the Gaza battlefield.

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Unheard Voices

Unheard Voices
Palestinians, Israelis, and the Occupation

2009/3Disk
Audio: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English, Japanease

Unheard Voices: Official Website

  • Part 1: Gaza (125min)
  • Part 2: Encroachment (121min)
  • Part 3: Shalom, Salaam (126mi)
Part 1: Gaza
A family in the Jabalia refugee camp, the largest in the Gaza Strip, is followed over the course of 6 years to depict how and why the 1993 «Peace Accords» did not bring true peace to Palestinian residents.
Part 2: Encroachment
Homes are demolished and the residency rights of Palestinians in Jerusalem are usurped, while elsewhere the «separation wall» encroaches on land and resources, depriving Palestinians of the foundation for building an independent state.
Part 3: Shalom, Salaam
As Israelis and Palestinians initiate a dialogue, the gulf between their visions of peace is explored through the family of a young Palestinian terrorist, the parents of an Israeli girl killed in a suicide bombing, and a female soldier injured in an attack and her family.

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Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence
«Unheard Voices» Part4

2009/130min
Audio: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English, Japanease

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In the spring of 2002, the Israeli army surrounded and attacked the Balata refugee camp. The camera follows residents living in a state of terror and records their lives and feelings. The desperate situation in the Jenin refugee camp after the death and destruction of Israel’s violent attack is also depicted, conveying the reality of «occupation.» Meanwhile, former Israeli officers and soldiers in a group called Breaking the Silence testify to the numbing of their sense of morality and ethics during service in the occupied territories, and the dread they feel over the loss of their humanity. They speak out from concern that the moral foundations of Israeli society and the state are at risk. The soldiers' testimony and the ambivalence of their families reveal the deep shadows that the occupation has cast on Israeli society.

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Falluja April 2004

Falluja April 2004

2005年/55min
Audio: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English, Japanease

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In April 2004, the U.S. forces invaded Falluja with several thousands of soldiers. About 730 people were killed, and 2,800 were injured in the siege and subsequent attacks by U.S. forces over the next month. Why did Falluja become a base of the resistance against the occupation? How did the U.S. forces attack? Who fought against them?

And what damages and injuries did people get?

10 days after the siege of Falluja was lifted, Toshikuni DOI, a Japanese independent journalist, went into Falluja and investigated the site. This documentary investigates the causes of, conditions during, and damages from the siege.

Footage was recorded in August 2003 (4 months after the invasion of Iraq) and in May 2004 (shortly after the siege of Falluja).

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Living with Memories

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Living with "Memories"

2015/213min
Audio: Korean, Japanease
Subtitles: English, Japanease

Living with Memories: Official Website

Chapter 1:
The House of Sharing (123min)

While providing a straightforward depiction of everyday life at the House of Sharing, this chapter documents testimonies from halmoni who were «omfort women" under the former Japanese Army. They describe how they were taken as "comfort women,» their experiences in war zones, and their lives after returning home.

Chapter 2:
Kang Deok-yeong (90min)

Kang Deok-yeong, the youngest resident at the «House of Sharing," became known in and outside Korea as "the painting halmoni" who depicted her "comfort women» experiences through art. She died of lung cancer in January 1997. This is a documentary of her testimony, interspersed with her paintings. She describes her experiences of being forced to become a «comfort woman" after crossing to Japan as a member of the »women’s volunteer corps” and her life after returning to Korea. The documentary also shows scenes from the three years immediately prior to her death.

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They Came as Volunteers

They Came as Volunteers
Youth in Disaster-Hit Areas

2014/60min
Audio: Japanease
Subtitle: -

They Came as Volunteers: Official Website

Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, many young people rushed to volunteer in disaster-affected areas. Why did they go? What did they learn? How did they change?

This documentary creates a portrait of how the younger Japanese generation relates to society by following six young volunteers in the tsunami-devastated Arahama district in Sendai.

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Life on Foreign Land

Life on Foreign Land
Burmese in Japan

2013/100min
Audio: English, Japanease
Subtitles: English, Japanease

Life on Foreign Land: Official Website

To escape the oppressive military regime in Burma (Myanmar), a young Burmese man named Kyaw Kyaw Soe fled to Japan in 1991, leaving his wife behind in his motherland. He spends his days working in a restaurant to make a living and continuing his pro-democracy activities that were banned in Burma. Later, his wife is able to join him in Japan, and the two of them run a Burmese restaurant. Thus begins their new life together in exile. Living in Japan for more than 20 years, Kyaw Kyaw Soe is caught between the wish to be with his family in his own country and the desire to see democracy in his homeland. In this foreign land, the future holds no guarantees, and it is not home.

This documentary covers 14 years of Kyaw Kyaw Soe’s life as a Burmese pro-democracy activist in Japan.

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The Town of Iidate: Radiation and the Return Home

The Town of Iidate
Radiation and the Return Home

2013/119min
Audio: Japanease
Subtitles: English, Japanease

"The Town of Iidate" Radiation and the Return Home: Official Website

In March 2011, the world was stunned by the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. Today, the people of Iidate, a town outside the 30km radiation exclusion zone around the nuclear power plant, are still suffering. The direction of the wind, rain and snow caused radiation to reach dangerous levels and the entire town was forced to evacuate. This portrayal of people’s sentiments towards their families and lost hometown makes it clear that there are deep wounds yet to heal.

Young parents with small children are anxiously watching for signs of 2-3 months of radiation exposure. The government is spending billions on decontamination projects for reconstruction of Iidate, but radiation levels are still too high for children to live there and people are feeling torn. Is their wish to return home an impossible dream? Five years of life as evacuees, their heartache continues.

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The Town of Iitate No Longer Home

The Town of Iitate
No Longer Home

2012/60min
Audio: Japanease
Subtitle: -

"The Town of Iitate" No Longer Home: Official Website

The people of Iitate were driven out of their hometown by a human disaster -a nuclear power plant accident. In the eyes of Toshikuni Doi, a journalist covering Palestine for many years, villagers of Iitate are Palestinians.

Forcefully evacuated from their beloved land, farmers lost their ways of life and families were broken apart. Before the disaster, Iitate was an innovative community proud of having pulled together to use creative ways to overcome cold-weather damage and poverty. Now having no choice but to leave, they ask themselves what «home» means and share their thoughts.

Children are distressed by adults' decisions; parents are conflicted for having had to expose their beloved children to radiation; residents doubt and distrust their politicians who prioritized keeping the village. This film documents the reality of the town of Iitate, a Palestine in Japan, whose people are torn between worries about radiation and love for their hometown.

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Live My Life

Live My Life

2010/138min
Audio: Japanease
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This film portrays three teachers with uncompromising principles, who stand up to protect freedom and democracy, fighting against increasing control and right-wing leanings at schools in Tokyo.

This is not a documentary theorizing problems in education or debating Japan’s national flag and anthem. This is a record of how a few teachers live their lives, fighting with dignity to be true to themselves as they resist a strong, opposing social trend.

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Living in Gaza Attack on Gaza Unheard Voices Breaking the Silence Falluja April 2004 Living with Memories They Came as Volunteers Life on Foreign Land The Town of Iidate The Town of Iitate Live My Life

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