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AsiaLens Film Series: “This Island is Ours” (2016, 53 min., Japan/South Korea)

Event Type
Film Screening
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS)
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana
Nov 14, 2017   3:00 pm  
Free and open to the public.
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“This Island is Ours,” directed by Alexander Bukh and Nils Clauss, focuses on Dokdo/Takeshima territorial dispute-related activism in Japan and Korea. It provides individual activities in both countries with a platform to talk about themselves, their activism and their views of the other country.

The territorial dispute between Japan and Korea over the ownership of the Dokdo/Takeshima islets is not limited to state to state relations. In both countries there are citizens' groups actively engaged in protesting, lobbying and educating the public. “This Island is Ours” follows a Korean kindergarten caretaker with a background in student activism and a recently widowed Japanese housewife as they campaign tirelessly for the sovereignty of the tiny islets that are currently controlled by Korea, but also claimed by Japan. This film creates a rare insight into the life of the two activists on both sides by presenting their parallel experiences from a neutral point of view. (Directed by. 2016. . 52 minutes.)

AsiaLENS is a series of free public screenings and discussion programs, organized by the Asia Educational Media Service (AEMS) in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum. The series presents recent documentary or independent films that center on issues that reflect on contemporary life in Asia. Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions. AEMS is a program of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS). More information at:


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