VFP Presents a Film about Nonviolent Struggle in South Korea

jpeg flier for Ghosts of Jeju filmUPDATE: Thanks to all the PSU students who came out for The Ghosts of Jeju film screening on November 1st. For anyone who missed it, we are going to donate a DVD to the Multnomah County Library. Copies may also be ordered online from the film website. Whether or not you’ve had a chance to watch it, you may want to read Martha Vickery’s article about Regis Tremblay and his film published in the Korean Quarterly.

Veterans For Peace Chapter 72, in alliance with the Portland State University student group Students United for Nonviolence (SUN), presents the Portland premiere screening of The Ghosts of Jeju on Friday, November 1, 2013, at 7:30 pm, at 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. (PSU campus theatre). Regis Tremblay, producer and director of the film, will be present to answer questions and lead a discussion after the film, which runs 80 minutes.

The Ghosts of Jeju documents the struggle of the people of Jeju, a volcanic island in South Korea, who are being arrested, jailed, fined and hospitalized for resisting the construction of a massive naval base that will accommodate America’s “pivot to Asia.” The development threatens to destroy their 400-year-old village and pristine environment of their island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals atrocities suffered by the people of Jeju Island at the hands of both U.S. Military and Korean Government forces. Using previously classified photos, film clips and documents, this is the first English-language documentary about the struggle of the people of Gangjeong Village whose opposition to the military advance of the United States, echoes the actions of their parents’ generation in 1947. The indomitable spirit of the villagers and their supporters, who have not lost hope in spite of overwhelming odds, will inspire and motivate everyone who believes there is a better way to live together on this planet.

Admission: $3 to $10 requested donation includes free popcon. Proceeds benefit VFP72. Click here to download the press release doc for this event. For more info, call 503-774-9197 or visit: theghostsofjeju.net.

 

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