This post has been on the backburner for a few weeks, but in light of current events, it seems fitting to post it today.
What I have learned over the years is that history books are never objective, that we must always fight to find the truth, the whole story. I have read a lot of autobiographies over the years but it was only recently that I realized the power of film. Having read a great deal on subjects ranging from the genocides and war, I decided to take the opportunity to attend the San Diego Asian Film Festival a few years ago and here I was introduced to two films that continue to resonate with me to this day. These movies are not the typical American/Eurocentric films we see where the white man is the victor and the people of color are the backward, pitiful, “humans” who need saving. Instead, the characters in these films are fearful and fearless, strong and vulnerable, inspiring and heartbreaking – real people. What I love about these films are that they are created and casted with people who see themselves in the characters, who have a vision to tell a difficult story about their family, their people; the goal is not to make money, but to present a perspective, a voice, silenced by mainstream media and society.
I have already posted about the movie, “Journey From the Fall” but today I’d like to share with you the trailer and information for the movie, “The Crossing”, a 2008 film that depicts the realities of North and South Koreans, but through the eternal relationship of a father and son.
The story tells of a North Korean father and husband who decides to illegally cross into China to buy medicine for his pregnant wife who is suffering from tuberculosis. However, once he crosses into China, he realizes that it’s not as easy as he thought. He finds himself working as an illegal immigrant under the constant threat of being captured by the Chinese authorities and deported back to North Korea. He eventually finds his way to South Korea by entering the embassy in China. Meanwhile, his family in North Korea suffer without his support, his wife’s health failing and his son ending up on the street.