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A documentary on residents of one of the southernmost islands in Japan 
battling with tons of marine debris coming to their beaches.
A documentary on residents of one of the southernmost islands in Japan battling with tons of marine debris coming to their beaches.
157 backers pledged $9,008 to help bring this project to life.

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日本語の解説と募金のやり方はこのページをスクロールダウンしてください。

UPDATE! UPDATE!

 Here is what I can do if I exceed the funding goal:

If I reach $8,000 - I can shoot something essential on the island again! And I can hold extra screenings/student conferences in NYC as well as in some other cities on the east coast.

もし募金総額が8000ドルを超えたら、池間島でもう一度撮影が出来、更にニューヨーク以外の東海岸の都市でも上映会と子供達の意見交換会をすることができます。

if I reach $10,000 - I can hold screenings/student conferences in California, Tokyo and Miyakojima City where the school is! 

もし募金総額が1万ドルを超えたら、カリフォルニア、東京、そして池間島と宮古島本島でも上映会と子供達の意見交換会が出来ます!

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This is a design based on a drawing by one of the students in Ikema Elementary-Middle school. The details of his drawing have a strong message! This is for postcards and T-shirts for your rewards! (See Rewards)

About the Film

This documentary tells the story of how marine debris is affecting the people of Ikema, a tiny and beautiful island of the Miyako Islands. Known for its stunning coral reefs, the island's once pristine beaches now play host to tons of plastic marine debris, originating from all over Asia, polluting their beaches, and threatening the lives of marine species. This is the story of a small island's struggle with plastic pollution.

The History of the Island

Ikema island is a part of Miyako Islands, one of the southernmost islands in Japan. It's smaller than Central Park in NYC. The population is about 750. Miyako Islands, including Ikema island where Ikema Elementary-Middle School is, has a rich and interesting history. Territorial wars between Ryukyu and Satsuma in early 1600's resulted in over 250 years of heavy taxation and slavery for the people of the Miyako Islands. Since the 1600's, the government has changed from Ryukyu, Satsuma, Japan, U.S., Japan. In addition,the residents have faced many deadly storms, tsunamis, droughts, and wars. The resilient people of Ikema survived all of this by relying on their unusually tight knit community and their deep spiritual connection to the island. Their complex religious beliefs intertwine with their gods and nature.

Photo by Takenori Noguchi   写真 野口武徳
Photo by Takenori Noguchi  写真 野口武徳

Now, Ikema's Problem

Because of the geographical location of the island, tons of trash from South East Asia washes up on their beaches. The amount of marine debris increased 10 times from 1998 to 2005.

The people of Ikema are committed to keeping the beaches clean and free from marine debris. They do this to prevent trash from going back into the ocean after storms, and to preserve tourism. But most importantly, they do this because of their spiritual commitment to the island. Still, cleaning doesn't decrease the amount of trash that keeps coming to their beaches.

Then, Everybody's Problem

Up to 90% of Ikema's marine debris is coming from countries such as China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia - the combined population of which is 1.9 billion! Only a tiny fraction of the marine debris from those countries ends up on Ikema and Miyako Islands. The rest is carried by ocean currents, mixing with the garbage from Japan's 127 million residents, potentially ending up on beaches as far away as California and Hawaii, or killing marine animals, birds, fish, and polluting the ocean. By showing the problems of collecting, transporting, hauling, and incinerating marine debris on this micro island, this film exposes the need for an international discussion and action plan to prevent this from happening all over the world.

The Film in 2 Languages

I want to make this film in Japanese and English, but it will not simply be the same film with 2 sets of subtitles. Each version will be unique because not only are the 2 languages so different but also lifestyle, culture, and the perception of "waste" is so different from each other. For example, they do very well and are far ahead on recycling and composting in Japan and the streets are spotless, but the policy and legislation on source reduction (plastic bag ban, plastic-foam ban, etc.) is very behind. Not one municipality in Japan has a policy of banning plastics.

My Goal

"It's Everybody's Ocean!" will inspire audiences through community screenings, and as online-educational resources for K-12 schools, as well as be submitted to film festivals.
My goal is to use this film as a connecting tool for schools and non-profits all over the world to share information and take action in their own communities.

Where Your Money Will go?

- Voice over actors in 2 languages
- Music rights
- Sound recording and mastering
- Computer graphics
- Archival images
- Other finishing costs

No amount is too little. Any donation will be deeply appreciated!

How Does the Kickstarter Work?

Just choose your donation level and rewards you would like to receive and donate by entering payment information. It’s that easy! If you choose a reward that requires shipping (many do), be sure to leave your address. We’ll be in touch! Kickstarter is "all or nothing" policy. I don't get a penny if I don't reach the goal. Your credit card will NOT BE CHARGED UNTIL I REACH THE GOAL. If I don't reach the goal, you will not be charged anything.

「みんなの海だから!」

 池間を含む宮古の人々は、人頭税と呼ばれる苦しい重税も、過酷な自然も、自然の神々とつながることで乗り越えて来た。ウミガメの住む池間の美しい珊瑚礁の海、昔、浜に流れ着くのは海藻と流木だった。それが今、ペットボトルを始めとするプラスチックに代わり、この島の景観と神聖なる自然を脅かしている。

 この短編ドキュメンタリーでは、自分たちの島を愛し、なんとかしたいと思ってがんばっている池間島の方々の姿を通して漂着ゴミにおける回収、搬出、運搬、処理、それぞれにおける問題点と、離島における対応の難しさなどを探ってゆきます。そして、この問題は、責任のなすりあいでは解決しないこと、国際的な話し合いと、グローバルな草の根運動が必要であることなどを訴求して行きます。皆様の募金で、この映画の日本語版と英語版の両方を制作できれば、池間の方々のメッセージを広く世界に届けることができます。また、この映画をひとつのツールとして、世界で同じ問題に直面している地域の学校やNPOなどとの情報交換や、啓蒙活動に役立ててもらえればうれしいです。

この募金サイト「Kickstarter」のしくみ

キックスターターは、自分の定めた目標額に到達しないと、1セントも貰えないシステムになっています。皆様の募金は、指定された期間内に目標額に達した時点で初めてクレジットカードにチャージされます。万が一目標額に届かなかった場合はチャージされませんので、ご安心ください。また、目標額をオーバーした場合はオーバー分もきちんと募金として換算されます。

募金のやりかた

1)このページの右側にある 「Back This Project」という黄緑色のアイコンをクリックしてください。

2)次に、募金していただく金額をいれ、リワード(謝礼)を選びます。

3)次に確認の画面が出ますので「continue」をクリックしていただくと

4)アマゾンのログイン画面が出て来ます。日本のアマゾンのアカウント(.co.jp) と、米国アマゾンのアカウント(.com) は別々にオペレーションされているので、日本のアマゾンのアカウントをお持ちの方でも、お手数ですが「I am a new customer 」を選んでいただいて必要な情報をいれ「create an account」をクリックしていただくことになります。私も日米両方でアカウント持ってますが、何ら支障ありません。

5)住所をいれるところは、アメリカ式の表示が出て来ます。

address は、例えば河原町2丁目5−34xxマンション301だったら、2-5-34-301 Kawaramachi と入れてもらい、city は市町村名、state は都道府県名、zip は郵便番号です。電話番号は、日本の国番号81から始め、日本で使う番号の始めのゼロを抜いた番号を入れます。(東京で03から始まる番号なら813になります)そして、郵便番号、電話番号はハイフンなしのベタ打ちで。

6)あとは画面の指示に従ってください!

募金をいただいた方への謝礼!

5ドル以上
心からのお礼!そしてお名前を映画用のサイトの「special thanks」欄に載せさせていただきます。

10ドル以上
上記同様の謝礼にプラス池間島の美しい写真をメールでお送りします!

25ドル以上
上記同様の謝礼にプラス私からのお礼ハガキをお送りします。ハガキのデザインは池間小中学校の4年生尾崎君の絵をもとに作ったオリジナルです。(上記の英語の説明の中にデザインの見本があります)

50ドル以上
上記同様の謝礼にプラス映画の日米両バージョンの入ったDVDをお送りします!

75ドル以上
上記同様プラス、(つまりDVD1枚をご自宅に)そしてあなたの選んだ学校(あるいはこちらで選んだ必要としている学校や啓蒙活動に積極的な先生など)にも、DVDを1枚贈呈します。

100ドル以上
上記同様プラス、映画の中の「special thanks」のクレジットに名前を入れさせていただきます!

150ドル以上
上記同様プラス、オリジナルデザインの「みんなの海だから」Tシャツをお送りします!

250ドル以上
上記同様プラス、ニューヨークの学校で行う上映会にご招待!(ごめんなさい、旅費と宿泊費は出せませんが)上映会の後援者としてあなたのお名前をプログラムやポスターなどに入れさせていただきます。

500ドル以上
上記同様プラス、映画の「Associate Producer」としてクレジットをいれさせていただきます!

1000ドル以上
250ドルで差し上げる謝礼と同様プラス、映画の「Executive Producer」としてクレジットをいれさせていただきます!

最後まで読んでいただいて感謝します。このプロジェクトのことを、一人でも多くの方に広めていただけるとうれしいです!!!

どうぞ宜しくお願いします!!!

佐竹敦子

Risks and challenges

Usually the risk is the filming on this type of documentary. Any accidents could
happen. But for this film, at least that part is already done. The biggest challenge is the time - to make this film in Japanese and English. But I am eager to finish this film by this Fall, so I can start screening in schools for the new school year!

Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to read this and for any support you might offer us on the path to completion of "It's Everybody's Ocean!"

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