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April 1, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- Featuring films on North and South Korean culture, religion, economics, history and politics, the Friends of the SMU Libraries and the Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology are sponsoring a Korean Film Festival April 10 and 12.

The festival will be held Thursday, April 10, from 7 -- 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 214-768-4397 or 214-768-3225 .

The festival is particularly timely as 2003 marks the 50th anniversary of the Korean War and current tensions in the region continue to escalate. Begun in 2002, the film festival is held once a semester and highlights an issue or current affair. In the past, the series has featured women of the Middle East and films of the silent cinema era.

Preceding each film will be a brief lecture by Sarah Schneewind, assistant professor of East Asian History; Neill McFarland, professor emeritus of the Perkins School of Theology and specialist in eastern religions; and Shirley Campbell, former teaching missionary for the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea. For a complete schedule and movie descriptions, go to:


Thursday, April 10th

7:05 p.m. -- Schneewind will introduce three films:

7:20 p.m. -- "Fight for Democracy" (1992)
8:20 p.m. -- "Habitual Sadness" (1997)
9:30 p.m. -- "Cold War: Korea" (1998)

Saturday, April 12th

10:05 a.m. -- Neill McFarland will introduce three films:

10:20 a.m. -- "Asia Rising" (1999)
10:45 a.m. -- Film: Korea: Ancient Treasure, Modern Miracle
11:15 a.m. -- "Lifting the Blackout" (1989)

1:15 p.m. -- Shirley Campbell will introduce four films:

1:30 p.m. -- "Hidden Korea" (2000)
2:30 p.m. -- "South Korea: Struggle for Democracy" (1997)
3:10 p.m. -- "Welcome to North Korea" (2001)
4 p.m. -- "Korea: Homes Apart" (1991)