SAYAMA, pre-film discussion led by the Asian Prisoner Support Committee & East Point Peace Academy (Doc Night)
Sayama follows everyday life of Mr. Kazuo Ishikawa and Ms. Sachiko Ishikawa in their struggle for justice. Kazuo, a descendant of Buraku --Japan's outcast group-- was wrongly convicted of rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Sayama-city in 1963 (known as the "Sayama Case") and imprisoned for more than 30 years until he was conditionally released in 1994. At age 74, Kazuo and Sachiko still continue their weekly demonstration at the Tokyo High Court to demand retrial and seek justice, in addition to touring all over Japan to meet their supporters and raise awareness around the case. Although one tends to see Kazuo and Sachiko simply as "freedom fighters," the film does a beautiful job humanizing the tireless warriors by showing the "back-stages" where they get to do "ordinary" things such as doing house chores, having haircuts and going on a vacation. Director Kim invites all of us to join the movement and be part of Kazuo's dream of getting back to school after retrial.
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