[KS] Friday, April 10th at UC Berkeley: Screening of "Our Homeland" and Q&A with Filmmaker YANG Yonghi

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Wed Apr 1 22:02:40 EDT 2015

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Screening of "Our Homeland" and Q&A with filmmaker YANG Yonghi
*Friday, April 10 | 2:00 PM*
Sutardja Dai Hall (310 Banatao Auditorium)

*Yonghi Yang, FilmmakerJohn Lie, UC BerkeleyByung Kwang Yoo, UC Davis*

The Center for Japanese Studies is proud to present a screening of "Our
Homeland" followed by a Q&A sessions with the director, Yonghi Yang. The
film screening will start at 4:00 pm.

Preceding the film will be a round table discussion of "zainichi," or
Ethnic Koreans, in Japan. The discussion will be led by Professor John Lie
and will include Director Yonghi Yang, and Professor Byung Kwang Yoo from
UC Davis. This discussion will take place from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Ethnic Koreans in Japan (often called "Zainichi") have experienced
struggles for recognition in and by mainstream Japanese society as well as
over loyalty to and identification with the divided Koreas. Zainichi
writers have produced a library of outstanding writings, many of them about
Zainichi struggles, but Zainichi cinematic expressions and representations
have been scant. The discussion will seek to place Director Yang's oeuvre
against the backdrop of Zainichi life in general and Zainichi visual
representations in particular.

*Our Homeland*
One hot summer day, Rie, a 31-year-old second-generation Korean born and
raised in Japan was looking forward for her brother Sungho's return.
Sungho, 10 years her senior, was relocated to North Korea in the 1970's
under the "repatriation program." After 25 years, he was finally allowed to
return to Japan for three months to get medical treatments. The night that
the family reunites, Rie realizes how difficult his life must have been in
North Korea. In this trip, Sungho recognizes the dramatic differences of
the town that he grew up in. Also, he reunites with his old friends and his
first love. This gathering brings up mixed emotions among the friends. When
a North Korean surveillance agent, Yang, asked Sungho to give a 'job' to
his beloved sister Rie, everyone reprimands Sungho. Despite the conflict
among the family, Sungho's medical test result comes out... Will the family
and friends be able to make up for the 25 years' lost time?

Director *YANG Yonghi* is a second generation Korean resident in Japan who
was born in Osaka to a family of activist parents belonging to Chongryon
(General Association of Korean Residents in Japan). Her film Our Homeland
is fiction, with an original script that was loosely based on the
director's real-life experiences. It is the story of a beloved brother who
never had choices in life and the younger sister who always enjoyed
freedoms. There exist heartrending emotions that are universal to all,
regardless of any differences in individual ideals or values.

In Yonghi’s work as a visual artist devoted to challenging traditional
stereotypes, her imagery is never overwhelming; rather, it captivates
audiences in a uniquely gentle, non-intrusive manner. Our Homeland is a
tale of the unbreakable bond and deep love of one family, bridged across
two countries.

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**This event is free and open to the public**
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