Takamine Go - Film Director
Takamine is Okinawa’s most prominent filmmaker, famous for combining myth, magic, humor, realism, aesthetic experimentation and a strongly political stance to potently explore the history and identity of the Okinawan islands in the face of its two occupying powers, the United States and Japan. His complex use of the vanishing Okinawan language is particularly representative of his strategy to create a collage of the modern and the traditional, the indigenous and the foreign. He will present his most famous work, Untamagiru (1989, 35mm), which beautifully and satirically mixes the legend of Untama Giru, an Okinawan Robin Hood, with the history of Okinawa in the years before the United States returned it to Japan in 1972. The film has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Caligari Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and features Kobayashi Kaoru as Giru and the American director John Sayles (Lone Star, Eight Men Out) as the American high commissioner. The screening is free and open to the public. A discussion with the director will be held after the film. Takamine will also present his 1973 short film Shashingwa (Dear Photograph, 15 min., 16mm) in a small session in B-21, Whitney Humanities Center, from 4:00-5:00 pm.