|MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR|
|Director: Deann Borshay Liem, Ramsay Liem|
United States, 2013, 37min
Format: Digital (screening) - HD Digital (shooting)
Festival Year: 2015
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Memory of Forgotten War conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-53) by four Korean-American survivors. Their stories take audiences through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival and separation from family members across the DMZ. Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss. These stories belie the notion that war ends when the guns are silenced and foreshadow the future of countless others displaced by ongoing military conflict today. The film's personal accounts are interwoven with thoughtful analysis and interpretation of events by historians Bruce Cumings and Ji-Yeon Yuh who situate these stories in a broader historical context. Additional visual materials, including newsreels, U.S. military footage, and archival photographs bring to life the political, social and historical forces that set in motion the tumultuous events of the War and its aftermath.
Deann Borshay Liem has over twenty years experience working in development, production and distribution of independent films. She was Producer/Director/Writer for the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, First Person Plural (Sundance, 2000; Grand Prize, Best Bay Area Documentary, San Francisco Intíl Film Festival), Executive Producer for Spencer Nakasako's Kelly Loves Tony (PBS, 1998) and AKA Don Bonus (PBS, 1996, Emmy Award), Co-Producer for Special Circumstances (PBS, 2007) which follows Chilean exile, Hector Salgado, as he attempts to reconcile with former torturers in Chile, and Executive Producer for On Coal River (Silverdocs, 2010) about mountaintop coal mining. She was the former Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media where she supervised the development, distribution and broadcast of new films for public television and worked with Congress to support minority representation in public media. A Sundance Institute Fellow and the recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship, Deann is the Director/Producer/Writer of In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee which was broadcast nationally on PBS on the award-winning series Point of View (POV) in September 2010, and the new film, Memory of Forgotten War, about the legacies of the Korean War.
Ramsay Liem is professor emeritus of psychology and visiting scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. His interests include the intergenerational transmission of historical trauma and the social and historical contexts of Asian American identity formation. He is responsible for the oral history project Korean American Memories of the Korean War and served as project director for the multi-media exhibit "Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the Forgotten War". The documentary "Memory of Forgotten War" is the most recent product of his work on Korean American legacies of the Korean War.