DisOrient Asian American Film Festival Oregon 2023CAAMFEST 2023


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Thirty women activists including Nobel Peace Laureates and renowned feminist, Gloria Steinem, set out on a risky journey across the DMZ between North and South Korea, calling for an end to a 70-year war that has divided the Korean people. 




In Crossings, a group of international women peacemakers sets out on a risky journey across the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, calling for an end to a 70-year war that has divided the Korean peninsula. The groundbreaking mission of Women Cross DMZ is captured in an intimate cinema vérité style, framed with historic newsreels of the Korean War and punctuated with dramatic contemporary news coverage.

Although the Korean War was halted by armistice in 1953, the warring parties never signed a peace treaty. Now 70 years later, the threat of renewed fighting looms as American troops continue to occupy the Korean peninsula, North Korea and the United States remain adversaries, and millions of Koreans are separated from their family members.

From threats of annihilation to promises of peace, the rollercoaster ride of U.S.-North Korea relations provides key moments of drama throughout the story. But the film’s protagonists are thirty women activists who dare to tread forbidden territory to draw global attention to the unresolved war and demand a seat at the table in bringing about peace. Korean American Christine Ahn rallies the group, including feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem and Nobel Peace Laureates Leymah Gbowee and Mairead Maguire.

The intrepid team faces daunting political hurdles as they make their way toward the DMZ. The challenges the women face, the obstacles they overcome, and the solidarity and trust they build as they forge a path to peace with their Korean sisters, is an inspiring story of bridge building and collective action.


Thanks to our funders

Crossings is produced in association with Channing & Popai Liem Education Foundation with support from Novo Foundation; Compton Foundation; SFFilm; Chicken & Egg Pictures; Peter Rasmussen and Wei Zhang, The Don Lore Rasmussen Fund, a Fund of Tides Foundation; Starry Night Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation; Joon Bai Foundation; GeoFamily Fund; Center for Asian American Media with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and generous individual donors.

The Crossings Impact Campaign is made possible with support from: Chicken & Egg Pictures, Compton Foundation, Starry Night Foundation, Livingry Foundation, and generous individual donors.

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