The series, titled Two Koreas, Shattered Lives, will consist of films chosen to illustrate various faces of the enormous human cost extracted by the Korean War and the subsequent division of Korea for the past sixty years. The films go beyond simply representing the pain in that they all show glimpses of hope in finding common ground and shared humanity.
Audiences will be treated to various film genres and diverse topics, including fictional treatment of the Korean War, long-term political prisoners, Korean-Japanese political allegiance and its cost, and a North Korean defector’s encounter with South Korean society.
The series begins on Tuesday, September 17, with the award-winning 2005 feature Welcome to Dongmakgol (웰컴투 동막골), directed by Park Kwang-hyun. The story line centers on a small village on which soldiers from North and South Korea converge in 1950. The villagers have no knowledge of the ongoing war. Overcoming mutual distrust, the two sides work together to help the villagers through the winter and save them from destruction during the war.
The remainder of the schedule includes:
- October 1. Repatriation 송환 (2003), directed by Kim Dong-won.
- October 15. Dear Pyongyang 디어 평양 (2005), directed by Yang Yong-hi.
- November 5. Over the Border 국경의 남쪽 (2006), directed by Ahn Pan-suk.
- November 19. The Journals of Musan 무산일기 (2011), directed by Park Jung-bum.
For more information about the films, see http://bit.ly/15zMLMB.
This series was curated by Prof. Young-a Park of the Asian Studies Program in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies with the assistance of Robert York. Questions about the films can be directed to Prof. Park at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (808) 956‑6387.
Film screenings take place in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai’i Mānoa campus and begin at 6:30 p.m. Korean films are shown with English subtitles.
This series is free and open to all. It is supported by the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies.