BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20170627T000000Z DTEND:20170627T000000Z DESCRIPTION:On <strong>Tuesday\, June 27th\, 5:30PM\,</strong> the <strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Okinawa Association of Ame rica (OAA)</a></strong> in Gardena will host a special screening of the aw ard-winning documentary <strong>"Okinawa: The Afterburn" (Urizun no Ame)</ strong> at the <strong>Katy Geissert Civic Center Library in Torrance.</st rong>\n\nThe 2-hour documentary is equally educational\, poignant\, and sh ocking. Split into four parts\, Junkerman covers World War II's devastatin g Battle of Okinawa in 1945\, the U.S. military occupation of Okinawa\, th e trauma and complexities of war and occupation\, and the ongoing protests against the bases that still operate on the islands.\n\n<span style="-web kit-text-stroke-width: initial\;">Most impressive is the vast scope of the film: the director approaches each topic from all possible angles\, inter viewing Okinawan civilians who survived the war\, former U.S. and Japanese military servicemen\, organizers\, reporters\, and professors. These firs thand accounts provide comprehensive insight into the history and current status of the U.S. military presence in Okinawa\, and the many complexitie s that come with it.\n<span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;">\ nJunkerman&rsquo\;s goal with this screening (and others planned in the U. S.) is to &ldquo\;convey the reality of Okinawa to the American public and the wider world\, which [...] remains still today largely ignorant of tha t reality.&rdquo\; He continues: &ldquo\;The Okinawan people are not going to give up. But I don&rsquo\;t think\, in the end\, it is the Okinawans w ho are responsible for putting an end to the treatment of their islands as the &lsquo\;spoils of war.&rsquo\; That responsibility lies with the Amer ican people\, and with the Japanese people. Whether we will bear that resp onsibility or not is the challenge that is posed for us.&rdquo\;\n<span st yle="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-strok e-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><sp an style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text- stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\; ">\n<span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webki t-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: in itial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="- webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;">The OAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit org anization whose mission is to preserve and perpetuate Okinawan culture in the greater Los Angeles area. The organization is pleased to sponsor this thought-provoking documentary as a way to teach about this tragic history as well as provide insight into some of the current issues that Okinawa fa ces.\n<span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-web kit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;">\n<span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span styl e="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke- width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-st roke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"> <span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-te xt-stroke-width: initial\;">Admission is FREE\, but donations are apprecia ted. Space is limited. The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is located a t 3301 Torrance Blvd (the screening will take place in the Civic Center Li brary Meeting Room). The OAA can be reached at\, 310- 532-1929.\n<span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style= "-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-wi dth: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;">\n<span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-st roke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"> <span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-te xt-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initia l\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webk it-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: i nitial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style=" -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-wid th: initial\;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;"><span st yle="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial\;">For those who cannot make this event\, the OAA will be sponsoring <strong>a second screening WITH DIRECTO R Q&amp\;A on Saturday\, June 24th\, at the OAA Center in Gardena</strong> (16500 S Western Ave). Admission is free for current OAA members and $5 f or the public. <strong>Academy Award-nominated director John Junkerman wil l be in attendance for a Q&amp\;A.</strong>\n\nWATCH THE TRAILER: <a href= ""> railer.html</a> SUMMARY:"Okinawa: The Afterburn" Documentary Screening in Torrance URL:/en/events/2017/06/27/okinawa-the-afterburn-documentary-screening-in/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR