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

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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 917-584-5971.

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:

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!