I want to wish you a happy Memorial Day. Let’s hope we can get busy and avoid a memorial day for the human species. Don’t Mourn, Organize – and that’s what we’re doing. I am privileged today to have filmmaker Regis Tremblay with me today on World Focus. Regis, how did you happen to make this film?
Regis: I made another feature documentary in 2012 called The Ghost of Jeju, a small island off the coast of South Korea. It documents the massacre of as many as 60,000 peasants who rose up after WWII thinking they had been liberated – only to find out that they were now occupied by the US military and a US military government. I realized the lies and the scope of the US military in East Asia, Asia and the South Pacific. That film has gone around the world and been translated into seen languages. I knew when I finished that film that i had to continue to document the affects on the people, the culture and environment of the massive US military presence all over the world. There are 800 military bases in close to a hundred countries. So I traveled back down through the Pacific to Japan, visited Hiroshima, Kyoto, Okinawa and over the South Korea and Jeju Island. Then on to the Marshall Islands, where the US carried out 67 atomic bomb tests from 1946 to 1958. And last year to complete the film I went to Odessa in Ukraine for the second anniversary of a massacre of people who were just tabling and signing petitions and distributing information about the situation in their country. I document the anniversary, and then in October of last year I went to Russia for three weeks. That’s the trajectory of the focus of my work now. (Read More)