Witness the stories of four US army defectors who abandoned their homeland to seek out a new life in communist North Korea in this fascinating documentary from filmmaker Daniel Gordon. It was August of 1962 that Private First Class James Joseph Dresnok crossed the heavily fortified border from South Korea into the North. Now, more than forty-years later, the last living US Army defector known to reside in North Korea speaks with Gordon in Pyongyang about his life, experiences, and what it means to be a member of the US military who has defected to a communist nation. [From NY Times]
On August 15th, at noon in broad daylight when everybody was eating lunch, I hit the road. Yes I was afraid. Am I gonna live or die? And when I stepped into the minefield and I seen it with my own eyes, I started sweating. I crossed over, looking for my new life. [Joe Dresnok]
My father is American and I’ve got American blood. But as I born here I consider myself as Korean… I start to learn English to become a diplomat. I’d like to make the world which has no war at all. And no terror at all [Joe Dresnok’s eldest son, James]
August 5 (Sunday)
Matinee at 6pm, and then again at 8.30pm
Sasha’s, Third Floor, 11 Dongping Rd by Hengshan Rd (东平路11号，近衡山路)
Absolutely free of charge! And a happy hour from 5-6pm!
Note from organisers
They saw it at Sundance, they saw it at the Berlin Film Festival and they’ve seen it on the BBC while CCTV has yet to return our calls – and because we love you we’re letting you see it – for free – twice – How good is that! And we’re throwing in a Q&A with the larger than life producer and legendary tour guide Nick Bonner too. The film is 93 minutes long – Bonner could go on for hours though! And oh yes, bring along your own ice cream!
Send an email marked ‘Shanghai screenings’ to [email protected] stating which screening you want to attend! It’s as simple as that!
KSL.com: Soldier Who Defected to North Korea Featured in Film
CBS / 60 Minutes: Joe Dresnok: An American In North Korea
We leave you with this first part of the fascinating 60 Minutes interview with Dan Gordon and Nick Bonner on the making of the documentary.