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Event Report: Movie & Discussion about Women in Politics

Updated: Apr 27

[日本語が続く][Japanese translation follows] On January 17th 2020, we organized a movie night showing the Netflix documentary "Knock Down the House", featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as other female candidates for American political positions.



Before watching, we all said our names and why we came to watch the movie, which was a small gesture that made the experience feel more meaningful to me. We watched the film with English dialogue and Japanese subtitles, so all of our guests could be included to the best of our abilities, and we shared tea, juice and popcorn. The organizers made sure anyone who came in after it began also got to eat popcorn and sit somewhere they could hear properly.


"It felt very positive to be in a room full of like-minded people."

Once the movie ended, we broke into three small groups in order to talk about anything we felt was important, including about the documentary directly, or its connection to Japanese politics.


We discussed our ideas together, and the then had a more relaxed discussion as a larger group about personal feminist thoughts and experiences. Some other feminist groups shared their information, while Voice Up Japan ICU also got to promote a protest that was occurring the next day. It felt very positive to be in a room full of like-minded people.


Overall, the atmosphere of the event was relaxed while also full of inspiration from the activists in the film, as we discussed how we could take action just as they had.

「1月17日、Netflixのドキュメンタリー『ノック・ダウン・ザ・ハウス』の上映会を行いました。アメリカの2018年選挙でホワイトハウスを目指し闘った、アレクサンドリア・オカシオ・コルテスをはじめとする女性政治家に注目した映画でした。


始める前に、約20人全員名前と来た理由を言い、雰囲気を和ませたいいジェスチャーだった。英語音声に日本語字幕で、ポップコーンと飲み物を楽しみながら鑑賞しました。


途中から来た人も、ポップコーンをもらい聞こえる位置に座れるよう担当者が気を配っていました。終わると、3グループに分かれて、映画に関する意見や日本の政治に関することを共有しあい、全体でフェミニストとしての経験や意見を話し合いました。


プリズムなど他の団体も活動を共有し、Voice Up Japanも土曜日に行われた痴漢撲滅運動の宣伝をして、どう映画で見たアクティビストのように活動していけるか話し合えました。


同じ信念を持って活動する人々と刺激的なドキュメンタリーをリラックスした雰囲気で見れて、とてもいいイベントでした。」

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Voice Up Japan ICU

VUJ ICU is an organisation that aims to create an environment where more people in Japan can speak up, while advocating for Gender Equality in the Japanese Society.

Emailvoiceupjapan.icu@gmail.com

City: Tokyo, Japan

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