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Film Screening: Memory of Forgotten War
April 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In the spirit of the Olympic Truce, and in consideration of the looming threat of conflict in Korea, we invite you to join us for a film screening of Ramsay Liem’s Memory of Forgotten War on Tuesday, April 3rd, 7-8:30 pm at the Morse Institute Library in Natick.
How can we encourage a diplomatic solution to the Korean issue?
What do we know about the Korean war?
Why are there 30,000 American soldiers still based in South Korea?
Discussion after film with Paul Atwood PhD, Senior Lecturer American Studies, UMass Boston, Veteran for Peace
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.
For more info see www.metrowestpeaceaction.org