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This island is ours: Defending Dokdo/Reclaiming Takeshima

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Thu 05 Oct 2017




Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets



Alexander Bukh, a scholar of international relations of Northeast Asia, and Nils Clauss, a Seoul based professional filmmaker, bring you this examination of territorial disputes and civic activism in Northeast Asia.

The territorial controversy between Japan and Korea over the ownership of Dokdo/Takeshima islets resurfaced in the early 2000s and today is one of the major stumbling blocks in bilateral relations. The controversy, however, is not limited to state to state relations as in both countries there are citizens' groups actively engaged in protesting, lobbying and educating the public.

Who are these people? What do they do in their everyday life? What motivates them to engage in this kind of activism? How do they see the other side? The usually sensational media coverage of their activities does not answer these questions.

This documentary offers some answers by providing the individual activists with a platform to talk about themselves, their activism and their views of the other country and people. In the film, we focus on two activists: one from Korea's National Federation for Protecting Dokdo and another from Japan`s Shimane Prefecture based Association for Protecting Prefectural Territory Takeshima.

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