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AsiaLENS
AEMS Documentary and Independent Film Series
at the Spurlock Museum

AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and lecture / discussion programs -- organized by AEMS in collaboration with Spurlock Museum -- presenting recent documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia.

Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions.

All AsiaLENS screenings are FREE and open to the public.

Fall 2017, screenings will be presented on the second Tuesdays of September, October, and November at Spurlock Museum, located at 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL. **PLEASE NOTE** Screening times have changed to 3PM.

Full schedule for Fall 2017 is listed below.

Information on past screenings:Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

 


AsiaLENS Upcoming Fall 2017 Calendar:

People Are The Sky
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

The Apology
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana IL

This Island Is Ours
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL



People Are The Sky
Directed by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson. 2016. 94 minutes. North Korea / USA
In English and Korean with English subtitles.

Introduction and post-screening discussion by filmmaker Dai Sil Kim-Gibson.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

People Are The Sky

Description:

In PEOPLE ARE THE SKY, director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson makes a pilgrimage to her place of birth in North Korea for the first time in nearly 70 years, to explore if it is still home.  She seamlessly weaves her own personal story as a native born North Korean, with the fractious history of the North/South division and pinpoints the roots of North Korean’s hatred of the United States, giving Americans a much better understanding of the conflict. A mix of interviews, epic images and graceful musings, PEOPLE ARE THE SKY offers some of the best political and social history of the relations between North and South Korea, and also a contemplative exploration of the meaning of home. 

Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is an independent filmmaker/writer, known for championing the compelling but neglected issues of human rights. Her films have been screened at international film festivals and broadcasted on PBS and Sundance Channel. Formerly professor of religion at Mount Holyoke College with a Ph.D. in religion from Boston University, she has also authored many articles and books, including Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women, Looking for Don: A Meditation, and Korean Sky.

Resources:
View a trailer of the film here.
Distributed by Women Make Movies.

Reviews:
Asian In New York


The Apology
Directed and Produced by Tiffany Hsiung. 2016. South Korea / China / Philippines. 104 minutes.

Introduction by Jason Finkelman, Asian Educational Media Service.

Post-screening discussion led by Dr. Jinhee J. Lee (Associate Professor of History, Coordinator of Asian Studies, Eastern Illinois University) with filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung joining the discussion online.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 -3:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

The Apology

Description:

The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former "comfort women" who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. After seventy years of living in silence and shame about their experiences of institutionalized rape and sexual slavery, Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines give first-hand accounts of the truth. They are seeking an apology and the hope that this horrific chapter of history not be forgotten.

Resources:
View a trailer of the film here.
Distributed by Icarus Films.

Reviews:
Point of View Magazine
The Globe and Mail


This Island Is Ours
Directed by Alexander Bukh and Nils Clauss. 2016.  New Zealand / South Korea. 53 minutes. In Japanese and Korean with English Subtitles.

Introduction by Jason Finkelman, Asian Educational Media Service.
Online, post screening discussion with filmmaker Alexander Bukh.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

 

This Island Is Our

Description:
The territorial dispute between Japan and Korea over the ownership of the Dokdo/Takeshima islets is not limited to state to state relations. In both countries there are citizens' groups actively engaged in protesting, lobbying and educating the public. This Island is Ours follows a Korean kindergarten caretaker with a background in student activism and a recently widowed Japanese housewife as they campaign tirelessly for the soveignty of the tiny islets that are currently controlled by Korea, but also claimed by Japan. This film creates a rare insight into the life of the two activists on both sides by presenting their parallel experiences from a neutral point of view.

This documentary results from collaboration between Seoul based filmmaker Nils Clauss and Wellington based Alexander Bukh, a scholar of international relations of Northeast Asia.

Resources:
View a trailer of the film here.



 

 

 

 

Last Updated August 18, 2017.

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