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An evening on Korea: The dangers of war and the hopes for peace with special feature film ​“Games of Their Lives”

When: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Friends Meeting in Cambridge • 5 Longfellow Park • Cambridge

“Games of Their Lives”, a film that provides a very exciting, heart-warming, and deeply humanizing look at the North Korea of the Cold War era that U.S. audiences can relate to. In 1966, DPRK won a birth at the World Cup held in England.  The story of the players, how they got there, how they were received at the height of the Cold War, the drama of the games, the totally unexpected embrace by the city of Middlesborough, and what became of the team over the years - is absolutely gripping.  So much so that several of Korean American organizations sponsored a national screening tour of the film in 2003 with the British filmmakers, Dan Gordon and Nick Bonner.  These screenings were among the first real exposures of North Koreans/North Korea to the US public including Korean Americans.  And the response was incredible.

Film followed by short update on the new national effort to “Continue the Olympic Truce” with Paul Shannon of the National Collaboration on Korea.

The United Nations called for an Olympic Truce to last from Feb. 2 to March 25. During the Olympics and Paralympics we have seen the first high level discussions between North and South Korea in many years. The people of the world saw the United States suspend joint military exercises and North Korea suspend nuclear weapons and missile tests. We saw North Koreans and South Koreans marching together in the opening ceremony under the banner of a unified Korea. New discussions are being planned. But the U.S. is planning to resume military exercises in Korea soon after March 25

We must do everything we can to support the efforts among Koreans to build on the momentum toward a peace process: We must raise our demand that the Olympic Truce be continued after March 25.

Paul Shannon will fill us in on the campaign to continue the Olympic Truce and on the Week of Actions from March 15 to March 22. Find out something that you can do to promote continuation of the small steps toward reconciliation that began during the Olympics.

Event sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, Massachusetts Peace Action, Veterans for Peace/Smedley Butler Brigade, and United for Justice with Peace. For information call 617-623-5288

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