The Ghosts of Jeju (2013) (80min)
November 11, 2013 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A shocking documentary about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, S. Korea and U.S. culpability in Korea since 1945. The film places the modern-day protest by the peaceful people of Jeju Island, S. Korea against the construction of a massive U.S. naval base in the tiny village of Gangjeong in the context of the horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. Military Government of Korea. The massacre of as many as 80,000 of their fellow citizens took place only 60 years ago. Many of the current villagers are survivors of those crimes or direct descendants of those who lost their lives because they were opposing the American occupation. But, the resolute attitude of the villagers and their supporters will leave audiences inspired, deeply moved, and asking “what can we do?”
Using previously secret and classified photos, film and documents, this will be the first English-language documentary about the struggle of the brave people of Gangjeong Village who are opposing the military advance of the United States, just as their parents and relatives did in 1947. As then, they are being arrested, jailed, fined, and hospitalized for resisting the construction of a massive naval base that will accommodate America’s “pivot to Asia,” and will destroy their 400 year old village and their UNESCO protected environment. And yet, 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.
People the world over like The Ghosts of Jeju, yet 10 of 13 film festivals have rejected it. So, while mainstream outlets have shown no interest in the documentary, peace and justice organizations and veterans groups are spreading it far and wide. Join us for this screening and help spread the word. For more info visit www.theghostsofjeju.net