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Shusenjo Film Screening & Discussion

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
4:00pm – 7:00pm

Storrs Campus
Konnover Auditorium, Dodd Center

Miki Dezaki, a Youtuber who was threatened and harassed by Japan`s notorious netouyo (cyber neo-nationalists) for his video on racism in Japan, is not shying away from controversial topics with his debut feature length documentary on the comfort women issue. The film, titled “Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue,” dives deep into the most contentious dispute between Japan and Korea, and finds answers to hotly debated questions, such as: Were the comfort women “sexual slaves” or prostitutes? Were they coercively recruited? Were there really 200,000 comfort women? And, does Japan have a legal responsibility to apologize?

Dezaki masterfully interweaves footage from demonstrations, man-on-the-street interviews, news and archival clips with in-depth interviews with the most prominent scholars and influencers from both sides of the debate, including Yoshiko Sakurai (journalist), Kent Gilbert (lawyer/celebrity), Mina Watanabe (secretary-general of the Women`s Active Museum), Koichi Nakano (political science professor) and Yoshiaki Yoshimi (historian).

The screening will take place from 4-6 pm, followed by a discussion with director Miki Dezaki until 7 pm.


Alexis Dudden,

History Department (primary), Asian American Studies Institute, Human Rights Institute, Humanities Institute, UConn Master Calendar

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