The territorial dispute between Japan and Korea over the ownership of the Dokdo/Takeshima islets is not limited to state to state relations. In both countries there are citizens' groups actively engaged in protesting, lobbying and educating the public. This Island is Oursfollows a Korean kindergarten caretaker with a background in student activism and a recently widowed Japanese housewife as they campaign tirelessly for the sovereignty of the tiny islets that are currently controlled by Korea, but also claimed by Japan. This film creates a rare insight into the lives of the two activists on both sides by presenting their parallel experiences from a neutral point of view.
ACADEMIC SCREENINGS INCLUDE:
Australian National University
National Library of New Zealand
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NILS CLAUSS, Director, DoP, Editor, Colorist, C0-Producer - Based in Seoul, South Korea, Nils has shot, directed and edited a number of award-winning music videos, short, feature and documentary films, which have been screened at various international festivals or went viral online. He created a number of hit music videos like "Senior Living" for the Norwegian band Röyksopp which was selected for the prestigious Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors’ Showcase at Cannes in 2011 and received a nomination at the UK Music Video Awards the same year.
ALEXANDER BUKH,Producer, Director - Alexander Bukh is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He holds a Master degree in International Law from Tokyo University and a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Alexander has lived and worked for over fifteen years in Japan and Korea. He is fluent in Japanese, Korean, Russian, English and Hebrew. Alexander published extensively on Japan's national identity, Japan's foreign policy and territorial disputes in Northeast Asia. His current research focuses on territorial disputes and civic activism in Japan, Korea and Taiwan.