Oppa Oakland Style: Crossing the Line (D. Gordon/N. Bonner, UK, 2006)

  • June 17, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Note: Showtime is 7 p.m. Running time is 96 minutes. Tickets are $6, available at Brown Paper Tickets. We'll meet in the lobby beforehand, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at[masked]-5971.

Oppa Oakland Style, a new monthly Asian film series at Oakland's New Parkway Theater curated by Terry Park, presents "Crossing the Line," Daniel Gordon and Nicholas Bonner's documentary profile of the last living U.S. Army defector in North Korea.

Private James J. Dresnok crossed the DMZ while on duty in 1962, and 40 years later British filmmakers Gordon and Bonner travel to Pyongyang to learn his story and hear about life under the Kims.

Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kBmAnjlJ3A

The film played at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema - Documentary. Narrated by Christian Slater.

The film is co-presented by HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans), and ticket proceeds will go toward medical supplies to be delivered to North Korea by the Bay Area delegation of KEEP-D, a summer program that brings Korean diasporic activists, artists and scholars to North Korea.

The New Parkway's got a full food and drink menu, and yes, you can dine in the auditorium. Hope you can make it!

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  • John

    Congratulations, Event Host Park, for a unique movie at an enjoyable venue.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Daniel K

    Great time! Was skeptical about the artistic merits of a theater with couches and food, but the food was good and the movie was cheap and interesting.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Partha

    Very interesting - I realized that I knew next to nothing about North Korea!

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • James L.

    Xavier reminded me of this event so I'm looking forward to trying out the New Parkway. Nicholas Bonner and the Koryo Tours people make really good films about North Korea so this will be a real treat.

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Xavier

    Thanks for setting this up Terry. Can't make this one, but I love the new Parkway theater. Try their mystery meal for $7 -- haven't been wrong yet! Also the documentary is very interesting. I actually was in the same stadium as Dresnok when I visited N Korea 15 years ago. Have fun everyone!

    1 · June 16, 2013

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