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Sound can be a medium for understanding how the memory of conflict resides in place through resonance, reverberation and reflection. This presentation will present interdisciplinary research about this theme in the island of Okinawa, Japan, combining perspectives and practices from anthropology, sound art and acoustic science. It will explore the conceptualisation, making and reception of a ‘sound-film’ titled ‘Zawawa’, an Okinawan word meaning the sound of sugar cane rustling in the wind and the title of a popular folk song. This sound is heard by inhabitants of the island of Okinawa as a felt memory of the Pacific war and its post-war aftermath and is presented in the film’s design as part of an argument for listening as a means to apprehend the different and sometimes competing political expressions of Okinawan autonomy from Japan and the US military.