OVERVIEW

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 OURS FOLLOWS 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 LIFE OF THE TWO ACTIVISTS ON BOTH SIDES BY PRESENTING THEIR PARALLEL EXPERIENCES FROM A NEUTRAL POINT OF VIEW.

THIS DOCUMENTARY RESULTS FROM COLLABORATION BETWEEN MYSELF AND WELLINGTON BASED ALEXANDER BUKH, A SCHOLAR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF NORTHEAST ASIA. WE TEAMED UP AS DIRECTORS TO SHOOT THIS FILM TOGETHER IN SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN. IN ADDITION I ALSO SHOT THIS FILM AS A CINEMATOGRAPHER AND WORKED AS AN EDITOR AND COLORIST IN POST.

DIRECTOR

NILS CLAUSS & ALEXANDER BUKH

PRODUCTION

A CONTENTED PRODUCTION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE MARSDEN FUND COUNCIL (ROYAL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND)

VIDEO

PLEASE CLICK THE “CC” TAB IN THE LOW RIGHT SIDE CORNER OF THE VIDEO PLAYER FOR ENGLISH OR KOREAN SUBTITLES.

PRODUCER

ALEXANDER BUKH

DIRECTOR

NILS CLAUSS, ALEXANDER BUKH

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, EDITOR, COLORIST

NILS CLAUSS

SOUND OPERATOR

MJ LEE

MUSIC, SOUND MIXER

LEVI PATEL