Geneva Anderson digs into art

Wearing two hats well—Petaluma Pie Company’s Lina Hoshino screens her new documentary “Along the Fenceline,” on KRCB tomorrow, Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lina Hoshino's "Along the Fenceline" will screen Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. on KRCB, which reaches most of the Bay Area.

 Many of us dream of living the life of an artist but Lina Hoshino is really doing it and doing it very well.  You may know her from the fabulous pies she creates at  Petaluma Pie Company, a business she founded with her husband Angelo Sacerdote a year ago.  Since 1995, Hoshino has been making experimental films and documentaries that address a range of social issues and amplify voices that aren’t usually heard.  Her latest film, Living Along the Fenceline, explores women’s resistance to militarism through the stories of seven courageous women living alongside U.S. military bases.  They are teachers, organizers and healers, moved by love and respect for people and the land, and hope for the next generation and they challenge the assumption that these bases actually make us safe.  The 68 minute documentary will screen this Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. on KRCB, which reaches most of the Bay Area via over-the-air digital channel 22.

Hoshino visited U.S. military bases and proximate or “fenceline” communities in Texas, Puerto Rico, Hawai’i, Guam, the Philippines, South Korea, and Okinawa (Japan) and the women’s stories of struggle and loss range from the contamination of their communities through cancer-causing pollutants and toxic waste generated and left by the U.S. military bases, to coping with the lifelong shame and trauma of rape by U.S. servicemen.   The film also inspires hope and action through the power of ordinary women to resist militarism and create genuine security on their own terms.  

“Traveling to different locations really brings home the devastation the U.S. military has caused, even in places that are not at war,” said Hoshino.  “It was invigorating for me to see these women in their homes, to get a glimpse into their family, their community, and to see their lives as a whole.  I wanted to show the proximity and impact of the bases, to see how people really live, and to make this context vivid for the audience.” 

Watch the trailer here.

“It’s not easy for each woman to tell her story.  So the stories are a gift. Most of these stories are very sensitive as women tell how they are personally affected. They are taking a risk by bringing their family and community into it.  They may fear repercussions, especially living in small tightly-knit communities.  They may worry about their family’s reputation, risking a relative’s career, or bringing trouble to people they care about by standing out.”

Hoshino spent part of her childhood living near two of the many U.S. bases in Japan―Atsugi Air Force Base and Yokosuka Naval Base.  “I learned about base culture and economy as part of my family upbringing.  So I also see myself in this film, in parallel with other women’s lives.  While shooting, I was very aware of who I am, and I constantly questioned what I was doing in these militarized settings.   Is it OK for me to tell this wider story? ”  

"Living Along the Fenceline" screened in Korea in September 2011 at the 12th Jeju Women's Film Festival whose theme was "Women, the exploding power that turns the tables." From left, Gwyn Kirk, co-director and writer; Deborah Lee, narrator, writer, producer; and Director Lina Hoshino. Photo courtesy: Lina Hoshino

Lina Hoshino, Director, Editor and Camerawoman: Lina Hoshino’s films include Leap of Faith: How Enmanji Temple was Saved, Caught in Between: What to Call Home in Times of War, In God’s House: Asian American Lesbian and Gay Families in the Church, and award-winning Story of Margo, which profiled one woman’s experience as a sex worker.  Hoshino’s story-telling style engages audiences with complex or contentious issues through her narrators’ experiences and her visual style.  She has been making videos for 14 years and co-founded two ground-breaking organizations—Tactile Pictures and Many Threads—to link filmmakers and artists in communication projects.  Hoshino’s father is from Japan and her mother is from Taiwan. She grew up in the USA, Japan, and France; studied art at Carnegie Mellon; and lives in Petaluma.  Currently, she is working on I Give You to These Kind Waters”  which reflects on abortion through the Buddhist “Mizuko Kuyo” prayer ritual which dedicates the aborted or miscarried fetus to the bodhisattva “Jizo” who vows to help mizukos get another chance at life. 

Details:  Living Along the Fenceline screens Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. on KRCB which reaches most of the Bay Area, including much of the east and south bay, via over-the-air digital channel 22, Comcast and AT&T, U-Verse cable, Dish & Direct TV satellite services.  Living Along the Fenceline a collaborative project of Many Threads and Women for Genuine Security.

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