In CROSSINGS, a determined group of internationally renowned women peacemakers will attempt the impossible: crossing the demilitarized zone (DMZ) from North to South Korea, calling for peace on the Korean peninsula. The film will follow key women leaders from twelve countries, including two Nobel peace laureates, on this historic journey as they face political and social obstacles, mixed public opinion, fear, and red-baiting. Through their journey, Crossings will tell a story of global resonance about a divided nation and explore enduring questions about war’s legacies and the role women play in resolving the world’s most intractable conflicts.


A profound oxymoron, the DMZ is the most heavily militarized border in the world. Called the “scariest place on earth” by Bill Clinton, it is 155 miles long and 2.5 miles wide. Within the 2.5 mile area lies the Joint Security Area bisected by the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), an actual concrete artery that separates the two states. Here soldiers in the North and the United Nations Command in the South face off against one another, while tourists on both sides peer at each other across the divide.

On May 24, 2015, thirty women leaders, including Nobel Peace Laureates, Leymah Gbowee (Liberia) and Maread Maguire (Northern Ireland), women's rights pioneer, Gloria Steinem, and Korean American peace activist, Christine Ahn, held an international peace symposium in Pyongyang, and participated in a peace walk with North Korean women leaders and thousands of North Korean women in Pyongyang and Kaesong. The international women then bid farewell to their North Korean counterparts and crossed the DMZ where they were greeted by several thousand South Korean women with whom they walked along the DMZ, reiterating their call for a peace treaty and an official end to the Korean War.

CROSSINGS will tell the story of these women peacemakers as they strategize to cross the DMZ and debate how to message their actions to a skeptical public. The film will include interviews with key women in the international delegation and never before seen footage of North and South Korean women working to bring peace to their country.

By bringing together the missing voices of women leaders from North and South Korea, and the international community, Crossings will provide audiences with a better understanding of the threat of war on the Korean peninsula and the stakes involved, and engage American and global audiences in an alternative vision for resolving this and other conflicts around the world.

A full list of the women delegates can be found here:

New York Times Article about the crossing:


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