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Documentary Review: This Planet is Not My Planet (2019) by Miwa Yoshimine

Documentary Review: This Planet is Not My Planet (2019) by Miwa Yoshimine

First-time filmmaker Miwa Yoshimine directs, edits and produces what feels like a very personal project and a real labour of love and appreciation for a special woman. “This Planet is not My Planet” is indeed a loving portrait of Mitsu Tanaka, the legendary mother of the of the women’s liberation movement in Japan, called ūman ribu (women’s lib), back in 1970. An enthusiastic and dedicated 76-year-old acupuncturist and social activist these days, Tanaka is left free to open her heart and talk about her past and read passages of her book “This Planet is not My Planet” on which the film is based.

“This Planet is Not My Planet” is screening at Nippon Connection 2020

Born in Tokyo, she grew up in the difficult post-war era, in a working-class family of fishmongers and restaurant owners that, despite nurturing a freedom-based environment, wasn’t particularly politicised or intellectual. She didn’t

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