The Center for Korean Studies fall 2013 film series–Two Koreas, Shattered Lives–continues on Tuesday, October 1, with the screening of Repatriation 송환 (2003), directed and narrated by the influential documentary filmmaker Kim Dong Won. The subjects of Repatriation are North Korean spies who were captured and imprisoned in South Korea for more than thirty years. Kim developed a close relationship with them after they moved into his neighborhood following their release from prison. This relationship led to a film project that was twelve years in the making.
The film reveals the “unconverted” North Koreans’ views on the division of Korea, the daily hardships they faced in trying to adjust to South Korean society, and their struggle for repatriation. Kim’s documentary provides insight into the tragic consequences of the Cold War that continue to be felt in Korea. It received the Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.
A short trailer for Repatriation is available on line:
The Center for Korean Studies film series, curated by Prof. Young-a Park of the Asian Studies Program, is free and open to all. Screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place in the Center’s auditorium at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus. The series is supported by the Center’s Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund. For further information, telephone the Center at (808) 956‑7041.