Film Screenings on North and South Korea
Grandmother’s Flower (2008, 89 minutes) by Jeong-hyun Mun.
In Grandmother’s Flower, director Mun goes back to his small hometown in South Korea to find his family and village harboring secret unhealed wounds stemming from both the Japanese occupation and the Korean War. In this fascinating documentary, Mun’s family turns out to encompass all the tragedies of modern Korean history, laced with guerrilla fighters, betrayal and reprisals. (A Third World Newsreel presentation.)
Tiger Spirit (2008, 78 minutes ) by Min Sook Lee.
Korean-Canadian director Min Sook Lee’s search for both the real and symbolic Tiger Spirit of Korea leads her on an amazing journey along the dividing line between North and South Korea. She encounters a wild-eyed tiger hunter, a North Korean migrant working in the South, a bus guide who shuttles daily across the DMZ to a factory of North Korean workers, and families dreaming of reuniting with relatives separated by the division for over 50 years. With unprecedented access and never before seen footage of North Korea’s industrial zone and state-sanctioned reunification centers, Lee brings us an emotion-charged journey into Korea’s broken heart, exploring the rhetoric and realism of reunification through the extraordinary stories of ordinary families. (A Women Make Movies presentation.)
The (Unending) Korean War
academic conference, films, art exhibition
Why hasn’t the Korean War officially ended?
An academic conference, art exhibit, and series of film screenings examine this war and the ways in which it has reconfigured memory, political economies, knowledge, and culture on both sides of the Pacific, leaving legacies of uprootedness and unending conflict. From Cold War culture to national security policies, “The (Unending) Korean War” will contextualize the current crisis with new scholarship, films and art in a two-day event.
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Film summaries: http://unendingkoreanwar.org/?page_id=61
Organized and Sponsored by:
Third World Newsreel
NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute
NYU East Asian Studies Department
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
Korea Policy Institute
NYU Humanities Initiative Grants-in-Aid
NYU Office of International Students & Scholars
NYU History Department
NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs
NYU Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program
Supported in part by:
New York Council for the Humanities