Stubborn Legacies of War

Japanese Devils in Sarajevo

Author: Rina Agarwala

Abstract:

Japanese Devils , a documentary of personal confessions of war crimes by Japanese Imperial soldiers in China duringWorldWar II, was invited to the Sarajevo Film Festival, in August, 2002. Accompanying the film and its director to Sarajevo, the author, an American, sensitive to the postwar Japanese experience, discovered a people and city still deeply traumatized by war. The visit prompted a series of questions about the origins of genocide, the consequences of targeting civilians in war, and our collective responsibility to question and listen to the stories of perpetrators, as civilians increasingly become explicit targets in hostilities.
Regions: East Asia
Countries: Japan

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September 2003
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