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Motherland
Cuba Korea USA
A film by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson
US/Cuba, 2006, 41 minutes, Color, DVD, Spanish, Subtitled
Order No. W09942
How do we decide where is home? Feeling increasingly isolated in her adopted homeland, accomplished documentarian Dai Sil Kim-Gibson (SILENCE BROKEN: KOREAN COMFORT WOMEN) travels to Cuba to unearth stories from a relatively unknown group in the Asian diaspora. On the island, she meets Martha, a woman of Korean descent who identifies herself as Cuban. Like many of her contemporary countrymen and women, Martha possesses family ties that span multiple nations, cultures and politics. Her story inspires Kim-Gibson to travel to Miami to meet Martha's émigré sister and the rest of their mulitcultural family, in a journey that reveals how very different worldviews can co-exist in one family separated by place and ideology.

Asking probing questions about identity and economic and social justice, Kim-Gibson explores the ways in which we determine our ethnic, national, and cultural loyalties. The compelling stories in Motherland
Cuba Korea USA weave a complex web and illuminate the search for an understanding of "motherland" in a globalized society.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival, MI
  • Pusan Int’l Film Festival, South Korea
  • San Francisco Int’l Asian-American Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Asian American Int’l Film Festival, New York

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QUOTES

    “With high production values and clear and correct subtitles, Kim-Gibson’s film brings… divergent ideologies front and center for interested viewers.”
    Library Journal

    “If anyone can give a new twist…[on] the ubiquitous topic of identity in an original way…it's this veteran.”
    Catherine Manabat
    Asia Pacific Arts

    “Riveting…a fascinating exploration of identity and motherland told through the lens of modern Cuban and Korean histories.”
    Lynne Connor
    San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival

    “Inspiring...Convinces me that solidarity…among immigrants…could create a new meaning for this world and make it a more peaceful home for all of us.”
    Mingwei Song
    Asst. Prof. of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Wellesley College

    [R]ecommended, especially for ethnic studies collections.” EMRO
    Educational Media Reviews Online
    Brian Falato


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