Cheju Documentary to be Screened September 10

A free screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary film Jam Docu Gang­jeong will be pre­sent­ed Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 10, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um. The pre­sen­ta­tion is spon­sored by the orga­ni­za­tion Hawaii Peace and Justice.

On the island of Cheju, off the tip of South Korea, the South Kore­an gov­ern­ment is build­ing a naval base at Kangjŏng vil­lage to host Kore­an as well as U.S. war­ships. Crit­ics say the base would destroy the unique ecosys­tem and cul­ture of Cheju, which has been des­ig­nat­ed an “Island of Peace” by the South Kore­an gov­ern­ment and a UNESCO World Nat­ur­al Her­itage site. Vil­lagers have resist­ed the con­struc­tion of this base but have been repressed by the police and main­land military. 

Eight inde­pen­dent film­mak­ers respond­ed to the sit­u­a­tion by mak­ing short films about the people’s strug­gle over the course of one hun­dred days, and the result is Jam Docu Gang­jeong. These film­mak­ers present an array of sto­ries from their time liv­ing among the vil­lagers and cap­tur­ing the beau­ty of the threat­ened coastline.

For more infor­ma­tion about this screen­ing, tele­phone (808) 988‑6266 or con­tact reniewong@hawaiipeaceandjustice.org. Infor­ma­tion about the Hawaii Peace and Jus­tice orga­ni­za­tion can be found at http://www.hawaiipeaceandjustice.org.

For more infor­ma­tion about the film itself, see http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Jam_Docu_KANGJUNG.php#synopsis.

A pre­view (in Kore­an) is avail­able on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOIvAbdd64I.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the Cheju strug­gle, see http://www.savejejunow.org.