The Center for Korean Studies fall film series–Two Koreas, Shattered Lives–resumes Tuesday, October 15, with the screening of the autobiographical documentary Dear Pyongyang 디어 평양 (2005), directed by Yang Yong-hi. Yang’s father, a leader of a pro-North Korea movement in Japan, sent her three brothers to live permanently in the North as part of a repatriation program. Through her documentary, produced over a ten-year period, Yang struggles to understand why her loving father would tear apart his family out of political loyalty to an isolated and enigmatic regime. Through conversations with her father and visits to Pyongyang, she documents how economic setbacks leave the sons increasingly reliant on aid from relatives and discusses other consequences of separating the family.
The Center for Korean Studies film series is free and open to all University of Hawai’i students, faculty, and staff and to the community at large. The series is supported by the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies and is planned and directed by Professor Young-a Park of the UH Asian Studies Program with the assistance of Robert York.
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. For further information, contact the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956‑7041 or Professor Young-a Park (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (808) 956‑6387.
Dear Pyongyang was a winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize and won a Nedpac Award from at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006. View a trailer for the film here: