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Movie festival showcases Koza/Okinawa City lifestyle

Date Posted: 2007-08-16

A unique movie festival accenting the past and present lifestyles in Koza, Okinawa City, opens Saturday and runs through September 1st.

The Movie Festival centers at the Gintengai Arcade at Koza Intersection area in Okinawa City, and offers free movies that promote local art. The movies have been produced by local citizens, and focus on everything from the past when Koza was sometimes considered a black people’s town, to the present.

Even as the festival runs, organizers say they’ll be making a new movie. “We plan to make a movie which shows everyday life in Koza,” says producer Chimatsu Fujimori. “We want everyone to come see it.”

The opening movie presentation at the historic Ryueikan theater will be ‘Arcade Center’s Festa’. The movie, and dozens of others, will then play at restaurants, public halls and even on a rooftop during the festival’s two-week run. The movie depicts Koza Town circa 1970, giving insights to Okinawa in the waning years of a U.S. administration.

Organizers plan workshops around the city during the festival. They say it’ll be unique, and will even involve bicycle taxis such as those used in Vietnam. All movies and events are free to the public.

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