CROSSING THE LINE - Oppa Oakland Style!
CROSSING THE LINE
director: Daniel Gordon
2008 / NR / 91 minutes
An unforgettable documentary, Crossing the Line is the absolutely fascinating story of James Joseph Dresnok, a US Army private who in 1962 stunned the world by walking across the violently contested DMZ that cuts Korea in two and defecting to the communist North. Taking full advantage of access granted by the government of North Korea, director Daniel Gordon (The Game of Their Lives, A State of Mind) combines historical footage with contemporary interviews to both uncover the Kim-Jong Il regime and end 44 years of secrecy and rumor by allowing Dresnok to tell his own story. Despite spending more than half his life living, working, and raising a family in North Korea, Comrade Joe, as Western media dubbed Dresnok when he walked into infamy at the height of the Cold War, remains a man of eternally divided loyalties. From his appalling childhood in a rural 1950 s Virginia foster home, to interviews with his fellow GI s, to amazing footage of Dresnok playing the villain in Kim-Jong Il's personally produced propaganda films, Crossing the Line makes an already compelling story even more so by intimately revealing a character worthy of Werner Herzog s delusional hero-victims.
OPPA OAKLAND STYLE is a monthly Korean cinema series organized and hosted by Terry K. Park of Hyphen Magazine
Co-Presented by: Center for Asian American Media, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, RAMA
The New Parkway Theater (View)
474 24th St
Oakland, CA 94612