Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa
Film - Documentary | November 19 | 5-8 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium (#310)
Hanayo Oya, Journalist; Documentary Filmmaker
Renee Pastel, Film & Media, UCB; Katherine Mezur, Comparative Literature, UCB
Heralding the downfall of the Japanese military regime in 1945, the Battle of Okinawa has already been the topic of various documentary and fiction films. However, the history of the guerilla war, fought by Okinawan child soldiers under the command of Japanese officers, is still regarded as taboo. With an acute sense of urgency, this documentary depicts the inhumanity of militaristic ideologies.
Hanayo OYA was born in Chiba Prefecture in 1987 and has been working for Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting since 2012, while also acting as an adjunct researcher at Waseda Universitys Institute of Journalism. She has likewise been awarded multiple times for her documentaries about the history of Okinawa.