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AsiaLENS - This Island is Ours

Event Type
Film Screening
activism, japan-korea territorial dispute
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies/Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS); Spurlock Museum
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium (600 S. Gregory St., Urbana)
Nov 14, 2017   3:00 pm  
Free and open to the public

This Island is Ours. TRAILER from Nils Clauss on Vimeo.


This documetary 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 soveignty 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 Alexander Bukh and Nils Clauss. 2016.  Japan / South Korea. 52 minutes.)


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