Tuesday, November 29, 2016

So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of War documentary at Pitt, December 7.

The University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center will present the 2016 documentary So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of War on December 7. A summary:
“So Long Asleep” chronicles the decades-long project of exhuming, memorializing, and finally repatriating the remains of 115 forced laborers from the Korean peninsula who died constructing the Uryu dam in Hokkaido, Japan. A project begun by Jodo Shinshu priest Yoshihiko Tonohira in the 1990s, it grew into a collaboration with Hanyang University anthropologist, social activist Byung-ho Chung, and Ritsumeikan University physical anthropologist Kichan Song into an ongoing excavation and workshop that brought students from Japan and South Korea together in an effort to excavate not only remains, but histories, and in so doing create a community of awareness and mutual respect among the participants in the workshops. The film is a lyrical and haunting meditation on the ideas of return and closure, one that sensitively and thoughtfully addresses war memory, restitution, and the creation of communities not only to preserve memories but also to learn from them.
The event runs from 5:00 to 8:30 pm in the Frick Fine Arts auditorium (map) and is free and open to the public.