Saturday, February 7, 2009

Koryo Saram - The Unreliable People

Last night Eclipse Rising members attended a screening organized by the Korean Community Center of the East Bay (KCCEB) and their youth faction at Alameda High School in Alameda, CA.
Koryo Saram is a documentary film about Josef Stalin's campaign of massive ethnic cleansing, where he forcibly deported everyone of Korean origin in Far East Russia to the steppe country of Central Asia , 3700 miles away.

This documentary charts the extraordinary untold history of the Koryo Saram (the Soviet Korean phrase for Korean person), dubbed "The Unreliable People" by Stalin. Through never-before-seen historical footage and emotional personal accounts from the original Koryo Saram, a lost history is pieced together, one that survived Stalin's mandate to eradicate the Korean language and tradition. In Kazakh, Korean, or Russian, the film asks questions that all immigrants can relate to: how to hold onto one's traditions, and how to save one's culture from being overwhelmed.

The experience of these Koreans in Kazakh is extremely relate able to the experience of our community of zainichi Koreans. The story is beautifully told with a message of resilience, hope and strength.

Please check out their website for more information.

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