February 5, 2014
Maria the Korean Bride
Performance artist Maria Yoon, is a first generation Korean-American. Calling herself 'the voice of the unmarried Asian-American woman.' Like many single women of a certain age, Maria felt a growing pressure to wed. So she took matrimony to the next level. She became Maria the Korean Bride, a woman to get married in all fifty states. She took this challenge to explore the institution of marriage and how marriage is seen in other cultures. She quickly learned to coordinate on the go weddings, with volunteer participants who are actual reverends, photographers, and bachelors across the country. Her 50th wedding in Times Square, NYC concluded her nine year journey. Her unique experience will make you both laugh and cry as she travels the country exploring the institution of marriage. Will she ever find true love?
Followed by discussion with Maria Yoon
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 6:30 pm
Charles B. Wang Center's Theatre
Previously This Season:
September 16, 2013
Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution
Intrigue, romance, and revolution all come together in Alias Ruby Blade (Alex Meillier / 2012 / USA / English and Timorese / 73 minutes), a documentary film which chronicles the tumultuous birth of a new nation in East Timor through a never-before-seen perspective. Kirsty Sword, a young Australian activist, aspired to be a documentary filmmaker, but instead became a underground operative for the Timorese resistance in Jakarta, codenamed 'Ruby Blade'. Her task: to become a conduit of information and instruction for the enigmatic leader of the resistance, Kay Rala "Xanana" Gusmão, while he was serving life in prison for his revolutionary activities. Through correspondence, they fell in love.
Alias Ruby Blade captures their incredible love story from this beginning to the ultimate triumph of freedom in East Timor, demonstrating the astonishing power of ordinary individuals to change the course of history.
Followed by discussion with director Alex Meillier.Monday, September 16, 2013, 7:00 PMCharles B. Wang Center TheaterAdmission: $5 General / Free for Stony Brook Students
Presented in conjunction with the Port Jefferson Documentary Series.Flier »Flier (Print Quality) »Trailer »Film Website »Port Jefferson Documentary Series »
October 16, 2013
Grandmother's Flower (Jeong-Hyum Mun / 2008 / South Korea / Korean with English Subtitles / 89 Minutes) is a powerful documentary investigating a complex history, and linking the repercussions of Japanese colonialism and the Korean War to the director's family memories.
When director Jeong-Hyun Mun discovers the diaries of his late granduncle, who was mentally ill, he lear
ns about his family's secret history. The small mountain village in South Jeolla Province, where Mun's family lived, nurses wounds from conflicts of class and ideology, as well as from the displacement of family members in South Korea, North Korean, and even Japan. The history of the family contains all the tragedies of modern Korean history, a history Mun had previously only known through textbooks.
"The uncovering of personal tragedies reveals an intricate narrative, illuminating issues that the nation as a whole is still reluctant to confront. The Korean peninsula is divided along ideological lines, but there are other lines that cut deeper: the trauma of Japanese oppression and internecine conflicts over class disparities that stem from feudal times." (Asian American International Film Festival)
"Director Mun jeong-hyun's own journey to discover the truth about his family's strife-torn history becomes a cool-headed but moving document in "Grandmother's Flower," a tale of village tensions, political torture and killings, and internecine squabbles. Though the cast of real-life characters in the extended family is predictably huge, Mun guides the viewer clearly through the maze, and supports his research with a weath of fascinating photo material." (Derek Elley, Variety)
Presented by Stony Brook University's Center for Korean Studies.Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 7:00 PMRoom 1006, Humanities Building Copy to your calendar »Trailer »Film information at TWN »
October 30, 2013
A fascinating documentary about one of the little known legacies of the Korean War, FORGOTTEN WARRIORS (Kim Jin Yoel / 2005 / South Korea / Korean with English Subtitles / 99 Minutes) tells the stories of women guerilla fighters for North Korea who were captured, held for many years in South Korean jails - then released. Remaking their lives, assessing their past – and still socialist to the core – this film profiles the characters and lives of these amazing women.
"A fascinating documentary that focuses on a little-known set of events that affected thousands of women during the Korean civil war (1950-1953) and for decades beyond. The women, now in their seventies, met in prison in the 1950s, and come together in the film to reflect upon their experiences as Communist Party comrades who were captured, tortured, raped, and jailed in South Korean prisons by the right-wing anti-Communist party forces (the side of the war on whose behalf the United States government entered). The film shows us the day-to-day lives of the former prisoners in contemporary South Korea as they care for their families, bury their comrades, travel to rallies in support of re-unification/repatriation, and share memories of their experiences as partisans, soldiers, and prisoners." (Laurie Schaffner, Films for the Feminist Classroom)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:00 PM
Presented by Stony Brook University's Center for Korean Studies.
Room 1006, Humanities Building
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Film information at TWN »