MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR - new film available

The National Campaign to End the Korean War recommends this new 35 minute film - now available for community use - for screenings and events on why we need peace in Korea - along with action suggestions below.

MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR

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.

Why Do a Local Screening of Memory of Forgotten War

This year is the 60th anniversary of the armistice signing that temporarily halted the Korean War.  The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), the People’s Republic of China, and the United States (signing for the United Nations Command) were signatories.  The Republic of Korea (South Korea) refused to sign.  6 decades later the un-ended war surfaces again and again in the longing of millions of Koreans world-wide to reunite with lost family members across the DMZ, enormous expenditures on armaments by both Koreas, escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula that now threaten the outbreak of nuclear warfare, and endless cycles of U.S. economic sanctions against North Korea that hit ordinary people the hardest.  At the same time South Korea has become the U.S. military industrial complex’s largest importer of weaponry and a military staging ground for U.S. regional interests in Asia and competition with China.  Meanwhile, the South Korean people live with the constant knowledge that the failure to replace the Korean War armistice with a peace agreement means unyielding uncertainty about the future of the Korean peninsula.  No peace, no security.

Memory of Forgotten War will remind your audiences of the horrific devastation of the Korean War and the major role the United States played in that conflict.  Through four compelling Korean American story tellers, it will also convey in starkly human terms that war never ends when the guns are silenced.  This 37-minute documentary is an excellent starting point to educate your neighbors, friends, and community about the Korean War and to mobilize them to demand an end to the longest ongoing war in modern U.S. history.

To Order a Copy of Memory of Forgotten War

For nonprofits, community groups, high schools - go to: http://transitmedia.net/shop/index.lasso?fsid=Memory_Of_Forgotten_War

For house or unsupported activist screenings, contact Ramsay Liem at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We ask only for whatever donation you are able to make. 

For more information about the film, go to http://www.mufilms.org/films/memory-of-forgotten-war/#.UWMvdroyFHw

or contact us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


What you can do in conjunction with the film:


Action Items Accompanying MOFW Official Screenings

Feel free to include these actions in your own showing.

 Postcard Campaign

Audiences for Memory of Forgotten are being asked to sign and mail a postcard to President Obama urging and end to the Korean War and a peace agreement.  This is the text, which you are welcome to print onto postcards for your screenings:

Side 1

 

President Barack Obama

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

 

Side 2

 

Dear President Obama,

 

Having watched the new Korean War documentary, Memory of Forgotten War, I have been reminded once again that the human costs of war persist long after the guns have been silenced.  Thousands of Korean Americans have been separated from family members in North Korea for more than a half-century because the war never ended. It has been stalemated in an armistice agreement for 6 decades.

As the principle signatory to the armistice agreement for the allied forces, the
United States has an obligation to work to end the longest military conflict in
American history.  I urge you to end this anachronism of the Cold War and firmly commit to replacing the armistice with a peace agreement.

Sincerely,




Print Name____________________________________________________

Street:___________________________________________________________

 

State:___________________________________­­­____Zip:________________

 

 

Photo Booth

Following screenings we invite audiences to take a picture of them holding a sign calling for:

 

End the Korean War

 

One Land, One People

 

60 Years of War is Enough

 

Replace the Armistice with a Peace Treaty

 

See peaceinkorea.tumblr.com for ideas about how to make these signs.  You can create your own images to place on the signs to add to their visual appeal.

 

Go to our tumblr, peaceinkorea.tumblr.com and hit ‘submit’ to add your photos to our site.

 

We will create mosaics of these images to be used at End the War campaigns, press conferences, community and educational events and other actions.  We will internationalize this effort by collaborating with the Korean Alliance of Progressive Movements in South Korea who is also mounting a similar photo campaign.

 

Before taking photos we ask people to sign the following release.  Please print the release and do the same.

 

PERSONAL APPEARANCE RELEASE

 

 

Date:                                                   ___________________________________________________

 

 

Name of Person Appearing:                ___________________________________________________

 

 

Program/Series Working Title:            Peace in Korea, A Community Engagement Campaign for the documentary film, MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR

 

 

Producer/Production Entity:               Deann Borshay Liem, Mu Films and Ramsay Liem, C&P Liem Education Foundation (Producers)

 

 

“Peace in Korea” is a community engagement campaign for the documentary film, MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR. I authorize the Producers to photograph, record and edit my name, likeness, image, voice, interview (the “Recordings”) and publish this material in print, on the Internet, over TV and radio, or through other media. Producers may use and authorize others including the Korea Alliance of Progressive Movements, our partners in South Korea, to use all or parts of the Recordings. I agree to release the Producers from all liability and any claims that I may have arising out of the use, publication, or disclosure of this material. I further grant permission for the Producers to copyright this material and to use and dispose of the Recordings without limitation as Producers shall in their sole discretion determine.

 

 

Signature of Person Appearing: ________________________________________________________

 

 

Address: _________________________________

 

City, State, Zip: ___________________________

 

 

Email Address:  ___________________________

 

 

To Order a Copy of Memory of Forgotten War

For nonprofits, community groups, high schools - go to: http://transitmedia.net/shop/index.lasso?fsid=Memory_Of_Forgotten_War

 

For house or unsupported activist screenings, contact Ramsay Liem at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We ask only for whatever donation you are able to make.

 

 

For more information about the film, go to http://www.mufilms.org/films/memory-of-forgotten-war/#.UWMvdroyFHw

or contact us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it