To Buthina Koury,
This is SATO, the Arabic teacher in Hiroshima.  Thank you for your e-mail to
tell that you have arrived home safely.  I am happy to hear from you.

It has been a great opportunity to me, too, to see your film and to hear
your speech and to share some time with you in Hiroshima.  Unlike the other
members of the group "Hiroshima Middle East Network", I usually do not pay
so much attention to what is (or has been) going on in Palestine, for my
main interest in the Middle East is in languages and old history.

But you and your speech gave me a chance not only to think about Palestine
today, but also more generally to wonder myself with my students whether we
Japanese do not have any problem to get hot about, having seen you speaking
and talking so passionately to who ask you questions after the film.

Soon one of our students, Miss Kawamura will visit Palestine.  I hope you
will meet her and enjoy the Taibe Beer Festival together.
With regards, SATO Michio, 13/7/2007

On "Women In Struggle" - a documentary film by a Palestinian female director Buthina Khoury

The film show took place at the Shimin-Kouryu-Plaza in hiroshima yesterday.
The director also attended the show and talked to the audience after the
The film was about 1hour long, not long one.
It depicted the palestinian women's "struggle" toward Israeli
occupation of Palestinian land.
The film focused on 6 palestinian women who had actively resisted the
occupation, with means including violent ones such as making bombs.
What impressed me most were:
-The process some women gradually came to be engaged in the violent
ways of resistance.
-The women's "voice" in the film, which tells us convincingly about
their difficult situation they have lived through.
-Parestinian detainees have been tortured in Israeli prisons. The
horrible stories of torture were described by the women many times
throughout the film, which were compelling.
-The director's wish for Japanese audience to be "morally involved" in
the situation of people in Palestina.
What I thought:
-Those women are so strongly rooted to their land where they have
lived over many generations, that their resistance against the
occupation, regardless of what kind of violent or peaceful means they
may choose, reinforces their dignity and identity and even humanity.
Their dignity and struggle are like opposite side of a coin. The
director emphasized many times that though they are very strong and
active, those women are not special like heros or criminals, but they
are just same as any women in the world. I think that is true. To
think they are special makes their lives separeted from our lives. I
would rather think that they are not special in any way, but their
extremely difficult situation "selected" some of Palestinian women to
resist occupation in extreme ways.
Visiting several cities in Japan, the Palestinian director might felt
some uneasiness, mainly due to the differences in social and
economical situation between theirs and ours. For those living in a
safe society, thinking about Parestinian's difficult living needs much
imagination. Seeing the film makes this imagination easier and more
This film adds different perspectives to the history of Palestinian
resistance through the stories of 6 Palestinian women told by their
living voices.

Hiroshi Fujimura, staff of NODU Hiroshima