Award-winning director Kim Dong Won screens "63 Years On"

Film screening:
“63 Years On,” 60 mins, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Wasserman Cinematheque

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Award-winning Korean director Kim Dong Won will be at Brandeis March 6 for an advance screening of his new documentary "63 Years On," about the Korean "comfort women." The screening, organized by the Film Studies Program, will be followed by a question and answer session.

Kim's film focuses on Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II.  According to the film, women from Korea, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Dutch East Indies and Indonesia were abducted from their homes against their will or were recruited with offers of work in military factories and were subsequently forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military.  The majority of these women came from Korea, and this film chronicles the survivors' persistent efforts to be recognized as WWII victims by Japan and international forums.

Kim has been one of the most prominent video activists since the production of his well-known documentary Sanggyedong Olympics (1988) that dealt with a destitute neighborhood being bulldozed as part of the "development" projects in the state's preparation for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.   Since then, he has produced more than 12 documentaries, mostly on the urban underclass movement and political activism.

The event is sponsored by the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund and is free and open to the public. The screening will be held on March 6 at 7p.m. in the Wasserman Cinematheque, located in the Sachar International Center at Brandeis. For more information contact Dona DeLorenzo at
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