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“Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women” (Film Screening)

February 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Followed by moderated Q&A Session with filmmaker Miki Dezaki

On February 29th, attend film screening of the movie, “Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue”, at BU.

Japanese-American director Miki Dezaki’s film Shusenjo takes a different approach to the ‘comfort women’ issue. Instead of simply dividing the issue into ‘victims vs perpetrators’, the movie breaks the prejudice that one’s nationality defines one’s perspective on the ‘comfort women’ issue. Furthermore, it focuses on the core of this issue that has to do with ‘global human rights’, rather than political dispute.

Unlike previous films that only tell the stories of victims, Shusenjo dives further into detail with right-wing ideologies that distort the ‘comfort women’ history. Regardless of how you perceive the “comfort women” issue, this movie will leave you with an important message.

After the screening, there will be a Q&A session with director Miki Dezaki.

Feb 26, 4pm  UMass Amherst – ILC S240
Feb 27, 7pm, Smith College – Weinstein Auditorium
Feb 28, Amherst College, 4:30pm, Fayerweather Hall 113

Feb 29, 6:30pm, BU BU College of Arts & Science Rm 522, 725 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215

March 2, Harvard Univ, 4:15pm, Tsai Auditorium (S010), CGIS South

Shusenjo Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtNuze8mNUQ

More information on the movie: https://www.shusenjo.com/

The “comfort women” issue is perhaps Japan’s most contentious present-day diplomatic quandary.  Inside Japan, the issue is dividing the country across clear ideological lines. Supporters and detractors of “comfort women” are caught in a relentless battle over empirical evidence, the validity of oral testimony, the number of victims, the meaning of sexual slavery, and the definition of coercive recruitment. Credibility, legitimacy and influence serve as the rallying cry for all those involved in the battle. In addition, this largely domestic battleground has been shifted to the international arena, commanding the participation of various state and non-state actors and institutions from all over the world.  This film delves deep into the most contentious debates and uncovers the hidden intentions of the supporters and detractors of comfort women. Most importantly it finds answers to some of the biggest questions for Japanese and Koreans: Were comfort women prostitutes or sex slaves? Were they coercively recruited? And, does Japan have a legal responsibility to apologize to the former comfort women?





February 29, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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