A new film called Marianas Peoples: The Battles of Saipan & Tinian, which provides a glimpse into what many people in the Asia-Pacific region experienced during the summer of 1944 is now available on YouTube.
This film—created for the “Marianas Peoples” exhibition of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council in 2019—shows hitherto unseen scenes of civilians on the battlefields in the summer of 1944. The raw footage was collected from the National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
The film, which is posted on the Northern Marianas Humanities Council’s YouTube channel, is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88Ev8o6Z9yk&ab_channel=NorthernMarianasHumanitiesCouncil
“The moving images are invaluable testimonies of what our elders experienced. The creators hope that viewers will learn from these past events to build a more peaceful future,” according to the description of the video.
The release was delayed because of edits and the pandemic, according to an email to the Saipan Tribune. (PR)