Jeju Island Now: The Long Struggle for Peace- Today (March 23) at 7:00 PM

Here’s an upcoming documentary screening at NYU’s Cantor Film Center that might interest some Draperites:

Jeju Island Now: The Long Struggle for Peace

Monday, March 23rd

Cantor Film Center

7:00 PM (6:45 PM – Doors Open)

Documentary Film Screening: Gureombi, The Wind is Blowing (dir. Sung Bong Cho)

Presentation: Hee Eun “Silver” Park and Paco Michelson – Peace activists from the Jeju Island Anti-Naval Base struggle

Roundtable Q&A on U.S./ROK Militarization in Korea:

Hee Eun “Silver” Park

Paco Michelson

Charles Hanley, Pulitzer-prize winning AP journalist on Korean War

Monica Kim, Historian – New York University

Marilyn Young, Historian – New York University

Jeongmin Kim, PhD Candidate – EAS – New York University

Since 2007, the people of Gangjeong on Jeju Island and their supporters have struggled everyday nonviolently against the building of a naval base that would support the South Korean military and the aims of the U.S. military. As a result of their work for peace, the tiny village of Gangjeong now has one of the highest “crime” rates in all of South Korea. More than 220,000 police officers (as of 2012) have been stationed there, and so far more than 700 arrests have been made, leading to approximately 200 court cases for more than 650 people, approximately $270,000 in fines levied, and 46 imprisonments. More than 30 internationals have been blacklisted, deported, or denied entry. All for the “crime” of peacefully resisting the construction of a naval base that threatens villagers’ livelihoods, the local ecology, and the peace of northeast Asia.

Hee Eun “Silver” Park and Paco Michelson, peace activists from the Jeju Island Anti-Naval Base struggle, will share their story of the struggle through their personal experiences.

We will also present the new documentary film, Gureombi, The Wind is Blowing, by Korean director Sung Bong Cho, before its wide release.


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