Award-Winning Documentary Is Next in CKS Fall Film Series

image: Repatriation posterThe 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.