This documentary follows the history of the colonization of Hokkaido by the Japanese government and the ensuing struggle of the Ainu, the Indigenous people of Japan. In the 19th century, the Japanese government annexed the northern island, Hokkaido, traditionally inhabited by the Ainu, as a strategy against the advancement of the Russian Empire from the north. The 150-year history of Hokkaido, which is regarded as “development”, is also the history of “colonization,” during which the Japanese government tormented the Ainu through discriminating policies that still affect the Ainu people’s lives to this day.
Metro Passes: Only Silver Screen passes accepted.
Japan, 53 min, Dir: Yasushi Fujishima, Hiromitsu Numata
English & Japanese with subtitles