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Living Along the Fenceline
Producer: Lina Hoshino, Gwyn Kirk & Deborah Lee
65 minutes

Living Along the Fenceline

LIVING ALONG THE FENCELINE tells the stories of seven grassroots women leaders from across the Pacific to Puerto Rico whose communities are affected by the U.S. military presence in their backyards. Although not considered war zones, these strategic locations are part of a global network of 1,000 U.S. bases that allows the United States to go to war anytime, anywhere. These women are not four-star generals or White House strategists. Their expertise comes from living with the tragic hidden costs to life, health, culture, and the environment.

LIVING ALONG THE FENCELINE offers provocative insights and information for audiences to think about these contentious issues in new ways. It lifts up alternative ideas of peace and security, embedded in the work of women who are acting on their visions and creativity. Rethinking security means respecting people and the land, having living wage jobs, and creating genuine security for all our children.

This documentary, winner of the Best Feature Documentary Award at the Female Eye Film Festival, features interviews with Alma Bulawan (Philippines), Diana Lopez (San Antonio TX), Lisa Natividad (Guam), Sumi Park (South Korea), Terri Keko’olani Raymond (Hawaii), Yumi Tomita (pseudonym--Okinawa) and Zaida Torres (Vieques, Puerto Rico).
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"After seeing this film, 'security' will take on new meanings, and the world map will never look the same." - Cynthia Enloe, Author of Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War
"Powerful, informative, and inspiring, this film provides an urgently needed critique of the global impact of militarism." - Setsu Shigematsu, Co-editor Militarized Currents
"...will open the minds and hearts of viewers, inspire debate, and be very useful in high school and university classrooms worldwide." - David Vine, Author of Base Nation
"This documentary explores the creativity, insights, and resilience of women of color organizing in the U.S. and its military colonies around the world. Its community-oriented dialogue on the ways in which women variously address the environmental, medical, political, and sexual violence of the U.S. military is both compelling and moving. I highly recommend Living Along the Fenceline for educational instruction and community reflection." - Keith Camacho, Co-editor of Militarized Currents
"The women we meet in Living along the Fenceline are linked not merely by their troubles, but also by their activism—that silver lining that allows them to stitch together strong new solidarities from a fractured social fabric." - Peter Certo, Foreign Policy in Focus
"LIVING ALONG THE FENCELINE is beautifully shot and professionally edited, and the film’s far-ranging geography is easy to follow thanks to a map of the world on which American flags indicate US bases. This film come[s] at an auspicious time. As Americans gradually begin to face the moral and economic limits of constant military growth, and as the once unquestionable US defense budget comes under closer scrutiny…" - Vanessa Warheit, Filmmaker, Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands

• Best Feature Documentary, Female Eye Film Festival
• Jeju Women’s International Film Festival, South Korea
• Guam International Film Festival
• KRCB, North Bay Public Media, Channel 22
• American Academy of Religion Conference, San Francisco
• Asia Pacific American Labor Alliance, Seattle
• California State University, Monterey Bay
• Comunidad Jesús Mediador, El Volcán, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
• Contra Costa Community College, CA
• Delancey Street Screening Room, San Francisco, CA
• Eastside Arts and Cultural Center, Oakland, CA
• Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
• Holy Names University, Oakland, CA
• Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY
• Laney College, Oakland, CA
• Mills College, Oakland, CA
• Naha, Okinawa, Japan
• National Japanese American Historical Society of San Francisco
• New York University Law School
• Petaluma Film Series, Petaluma, CA
• Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
• Plymouth United Church of Christ, Oakland, CA
• San Francisco Public Library
• San Francisco State University, CA
• School of the Americas Watch, Fort Benning, GA
• Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA
• Summerfield Cinemas, Santa Rosa, CA
• Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY
• UC-Berkeley
• UC-Los Angeles
• UC-Riverside, Critical Ethnic Studies Conference
• United Methodist Seminars, Women’s Division, Global Ministries, NY
• University of San Francisco, CA
• Veterans for Peace National Convention. Portland, OR

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