CROSSINGS - film and talk on Korea

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CROSSINGS - film and talk on Korea

An international delegation of women peace makers cross the DMZ - the line between North and South Korea, to help the cause for peace .

By Third World Newsreel and the Doc Forum at CCNY

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Date and time

Starts on Wednesday, April 19 · 6pm EDT


The City College of New York 259 Convent Avenue Shepard Hall Rm 291 New York, NY 10031

About this event

  • 3 hours
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In CROSSINGS, a group of international women peacemakers set out on a risky journey across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, calling for an end to a 70-year war that has divided the Korean peninsula and its people. The groundbreaking mission of Women Cross DMZ is captured in an intimate cinema vérité style, framed with historic newsreels of the Korean War and punctuated with dramatic contemporary news coverage. The group included renowned activists Gloria Steinem and Christine Ahn, and several Nobel laureates. Veteran documentarian, Deann Borshay Liem, tells an exquisitely touching and crucial story that advocates for peace, as she followed the delegation.

In this time of European conflict and heightened tensions in Asia - this film explores the one war that still has yet to end - the Korean War.

The Korean War, which started in 1950, never resulted in a peace treaty. Four million died in that war, and the two divided parts of the peninsula still bear so many residual impacts - families that remain separated, two sides heavily militarized, and US forces still based in the South. This year, 2023, is in fact the 70th anniversary of the Armistice - an agreement to end the fighting, which was supposed to culminate in a peace treaty, which has yet to happen.

Join us, filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem, along with Christine Ahn,Executive director of WomenCrossDMZ, a member of that delegation, Aiyoung Choi, and other production team members to screen the film and hear about the making of the film and the effort to press for peaceful talks instead of sanctions and military threats.

A presentation of Third World Newsreel and the Documentary Forum at CCNY.

#1 to 137th Street, ABCD to 145th Street, Shepard Hall Room 291, 259 Convent Avenue at 140th Street. ID required to enter the building, no vax requirements. Light refreshmente provided.

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Deann Borshay Liem is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian known for films that explore war, memory, family and identity including her landmark adoption films First Person Plural, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee and Geographies of Kinship. Her work on the Korean War including Memory of Forgotten War, Crossings and the oral history project, Legacies of the Korean War, explores divided families and women’s role in peacemaking. She has served as Executive Producer, Producer, Executive in Charge and consultant on numerous films including The Apology, Mimi & Dona, Seeing Allred, Who Will Write Our History, Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning, Ishi’s Return, The Eddy Zheng Story, Kelly Loves Tony, AKA Don Bonus and many others. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, California Humanities, Sundance Institute, Rockefeller Foundation and San Francisco Film Society. She is currently serving as Producer for the ITVS-supported film, Vivien's Wild Ride, and is directing a new documentary that looks at the intersections between US military occupation, Korean military brides, and transnational adoption.

Christine Ahn is the Founder and Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War and ensure women’s leadership in peace building. In 2015, she led 30 international women peacemakers across the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) from North Korea to South Korea. They walked with 10,000 Korean women on both sides of the DMZ and held women’s peace symposia in Pyongyang and Seoul. Ahn is the International Coordinator of the Korea Peace Now! transnational campaign, which Women Cross DMZ launched in 2019 with three other feminist peace organizations. She has addressed the United Nations, the US Congress, Canadian Parliament and the ROK National Human Rights Commission. Her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, andshe is a regular contributor on MSNBC, Democracy Now!, and CNN. Christine is also the co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute and the Korea Peace Network, and has worked with prominent women’s organizations such as the Global Fund for Women and the Women of Color Resource Center. Christine serves on the board of Hawai’i Peace and Justice. She is the recipient of the 2020 US Peace Prize for her bold activism to end the Korean War, heal the wounds from the war, and women’s leadership in peacebuilding. Ahn has a master’s degree in International Policy from Georgetown University.

About the organizer

Third World Newsreel is an alternative non profit media center that focuses on media by and about people of color and social justice issues, through distribution, exhibition, production and training.  Its Seminars and Workshops have trained thousands of BIPOC filmmakers over 5 decades. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Color Congress, the Mosaic Fund, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn Charitable Trust, the Peace Development Fund and individual donors. It is pleased to also acknowledge the support of the NY Community Trust and Humanities New York. www.twn org

The Documentary Forum at CCNY is dedicated to supporting the creation, exhibition, and study of documentary film, journalism, and non-fiction visual story-telling through multi-platform media, and building a bridge between the college’s media-making community, the Harlem community in which it resides, and a growing international online audience.  The Forum is supported by The Division of Humanities and the Arts, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, Simon Rifkind Center for the Humanities, and the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Fund for Excellence in the Arts. www.