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Background to Korean Crisis: Memory of Forgotten War Copy
October 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
“…if forced to defend itself or it’s allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea”
— President Trump address to the United Nations General Assembly Sept. 19
The deepening confrontation over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is made even more dangerous because the media provides a false narrative about the crisis which supports the policies of our unhinged president. If we want to turn this tense standoff away from an avoidable war and toward peace we have to learn the real story. Come learn.
Film Screening and Discussion with Ramsay Liem and Jill Stein
MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR (2013, 38 min.) conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-1953) by four Korean-American survivors. Their stories take audiences through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival, and separation from family members across the DMZ. Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss. These stories belie the notion that war ends when the guns are silenced and foreshadow the future of countless others displaced by ongoing military conflict today.
The film’s personal accounts are interwoven with thoughtful analysis and interpretation of events by historians Bruce Cumings and Ji-Yeon Yuh who situate these stories in a broader historical context. Additional visual materials, including newsreels, U.S. military footage, and archival photographs bring to life the political, social and historical forces that set in motion the tumultuous events of the War and its aftermath.
Ramsay Liem, director, producer, and executive producer of the film, is professor emeritus of psychology and visiting scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. His interests include the intergenerational transmission of historical trauma and the social and historical contexts of Asian American identity formation. He is responsible for the oral history project Korean American Memories of the Korean War and served as project director for the multi-media exhibit “Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the Forgotten War”. The documentary Memory of Forgotten War is the most recent product of his work on Korean American legacies of the Korean War.
Jill Stein, physician, activist, and politician, was the Green Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She also ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. She participated in the U.S. Solidarity Peace Delegation to South Korea in July 2017 and will report on her experiences.
Sponsors: Massachusetts Peace Action and American Friends Service Committee / Peace and Economic Security Program, Veterans for Peace / Smedley Butler Brigade (list in formation). Contact: 617-354-2169 • firstname.lastname@example.org