Film Screening: People are the Sky: A Journey to North Korea

Film - Documentary | February 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Filmmaker

 John Lie, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is the first Korean American filmmaker to be given official permission by the North Korean government to film inside its borders. In People are the Sky, Kim-Gibson’s eighth and most personal film, the filmmaker makes a pilgrimage to her place of birth in North Korea for the first time in nearly 70 years to explore if it is still home.

Kim-Gibson seamlessly weaves her own personal story as a native born North Korean with the fractious history of the North/South division and pinpoints the roots of North Korean’s hatred of the United States, giving Americans a much better understanding of the conflict. A mix of interviews, epic images, and graceful musings, People are the Sky offers some of the best political and social history of the relations between North and South Korea, and also a contemplative exploration of the meaning of home. The result is unprecedented, at times startling, for hers is an up close look of the hurts and desires, beauty and contradiction, pride and aspirations of the long held demonized nation.


Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is a writer and producer, known for Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women (2000), Olivia's Story (2000), and America Becoming (1991).

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