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Wednesday, December 09, 2015, 15:00 - 16:15

A response to the award-winning documentary about the whaling town of Taiji
Keiko Yagi
Director, "Behind The Cove"
Language: Documentary will be in Japanese with English subtitle and the Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

Screening: 15:00-15:45 / Q&A: 15:45-16:15

 Japan's ocean battles with conservationists are hitting the headlines again. With the Abe government's decision to restart whaling in defiance of an International Court of Justice ruling and a significant block of international opinion, emotions on all sides of the issues are sure to be rising.

 The release of the 2009 documentary "The Cove" was a marker along the road. Winning numerous prizes including an Academy Award, it pointed an unflattering spotlight on the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, and the practice of killing dolphins.

 But as well received as "The Cove" was abroad, it generated strongly negative reactions among some Japanese who argued that it was unwarranted, unfair, and manipulative. They believe that Japan should not have been singled out and that perhaps a form of Western cultural imperialism was at play.

 Director Keiko Yagi has now produced her response in a new documentary called "Behind the Cove" in which she attempts to provide an opportunity in which "quiet Japanese speak out."

 The FCCJ will screen a 45-minute version of Ms. Yagi's documentary, which will be followed directly by a question and answer session in which our members can hear the views of another side to this controversial issue.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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