In an era of hate speech and hate crime, what are effective ways to cope with ugly parochialism? In spring 2019, a group of college educators in the USA organized a traveling screening of a Japanese documentary film in different institutions. The Silence which narrates the 30 years’ struggle of 15 “comfort women”–former sex slaves controlled by the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII– had become the target of intense hate speech. Not only were some of the film’s screenings in Japan canceled due to the pressure from the right-wing nationalists, but also the film director, Park Soo-Nam, an ethnic minority Korean in Japan, suffered from death threats. This roundtable approaches the social history of this highly politicized film as a lens through which we examine the rise of hate speech against ethnic minorities in Japan and the anti-racist civic movements to counter such ethnic victimizations. At the same time, it addresses Korea’s nationalist twist to the “comfort women” issue that can be juxtaposed to the rightist hate crimes observed in Japan. Documentary film as a genre, and specifically public screenings of documentaries, have become such a potent flashpoint in trans-Pacific controversies over memory and history, attacked by rightist activists and online trolls. In turn, documentary film screenings and talkback discussions can serve as transformative arenas, helping to give voice to marginalized communities struggling over gender, militarism, sexuality, and power. How can pervasive ethno-nationalist and misogynistic discourses be interrogated and interrupted by thoughtful engagement with the work of critical filmmakers? Among the questions the discussants will address are: What are the limits of freedom of speech when it comes to racist hate speech? What are the practical and efficient ways of countering hate speech? Is the use of violence permissible to thwart the ugliness of hate speech? What are the implications of relocating discourses on the nationalistic hate speech to an international context? As the rise of hate speech has become a global phenomenon in the 21st century, this roundtable aims at producing an insightful and engaging conversation with its audience by broadening the geographic scope.