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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Upcoming Salon - Film "Yesterday Is Now" with Director Celine Rumalean

The upcoming Peace Philosophy Salon:

Film "Yesterday Is Now"

With Director

Celine Rumalean

監督 スリーン・ルマリーンさんを迎えての上映会

The 2002 film touches on the dark and painful history of Japan's war crimes during the occupation of neighbouring Asian countries.
It contains interviews of people in Japan who are dealing with these issues with different positions and different perspectives. (See a more detailed synopsis of the film at the bottom.) この映画は、日本の戦争責任問題について、日本にいるさまざまな立場や意見の人たちのインタビューを主に構成されたものです。(詳しいあらすじは下をご覧ください。)

In our next salon, we will be extremely lucky to have the director Celine Rumalean with us to share her insights in making this film and answer our questions. 今回は、幸運なことに、監督のスリーン・ルマリーンさんをお迎えできることになりました。

Date and Time: 7:00 - 9:30 PM, Saturday November 14th (we will screen the Japanese version from 5:30 PM 日本語版を5時半から上映します)

5:30 - 7:00 Japanese Version of "Yesterday Is Now" 

7:00 - 8:30 English Version of "Yesterday Is Now"  

8:30 - 9:30 Discussion and dialogue with director Celine Rumalean

Location: Peace Philosophy Centre (located in the centre of Vancouver. Email for detailed direction)

RSVP: Email by November 13. Please let me know if you would like to come to the screening of the Japanese version.

* に日本語でお問い合わせください。会場への行き方をメールします。

* We won't order food like we normally do. You are welcome to bring your own food and eat during the film screening. The Centre will provide some light refreshments and tea. As always, snack donations are welcome. 

* Admission is free. Donations to cover the salon expenses are always welcome. 入場は無料です。センターへの寄付を歓迎します。

We look forward to sharing this special evening with you.

Satoko Norimatsu

Peace Philosophy Centre


Synopsis of Film "Yesterday Is Now"
Yesterday Is Now explores the division in Japanese society about the legacy of Japan's twentieth-century wars and occupation of neighbouring Asian countries. Through frank and probing interviews, it raises issues around Japan's motivations and its responsibility for war crimes that include sexual slavery, slave labour, the use of humans in biological-warfare experiments, and civilian massacres.
The documentary's diverse slate of subjects includes family members of the Japanese war dead, right-wing nationalists, politicians, students, and artists, as well as a teacher, a labour unionist, a journalist, a former soldier, and an A-bomb survivor. Yesterday Is Now combines their thoughts and revelations with archival footage and contemporary images to create a riveting insight into the unfinished business of Japan's wartime past.
A sobering look into how a society can be mobilized into war, how atrocities can be committed in the name of a nation and how war lives on in peacetime.
Celine Rumalean's Biofilmography
Born in Indonesia, Celine studied psychology in Australia before moving to Canada, where she studied documentary filmmaking.
Her first documentary, Crossings, focuses on the Southeast Asian Chinese immigrants in Canada and explores issues of diaspora identity. It was produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Celine has also worked on award-winning documentaries and educational media in various capacities. She was videographer for Bitter Paradise: the Sellout of East Timor, directed by Elaine Briere, line producer for the educational series First Nations, the Circle Unbroken, directed by Gary Marcuse and Lorna Williams, and assistant to director Nettie Wild during post-production of her feature documentary Blockade.

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