3/4 Film Screening & Discussion: The Barbed Wire Fence

GW Institute for Korean Studies

The GW Institute for Korean Studies Presents:

Film Screening and Discussion

The Barbed Wire Fence


Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Independent Filmmaker & Writer


Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Senior Advisor, GW Institute for Korean Studies

Date & Time

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Room 214, Elliott School of International Affairs,
the George Washington University, 1957 E Street, NW. Washington, DC 20052


About Film

Barbed Wire Fence is about the fence that divides the Korean peninsula into North and South ever since the 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement.  It runs alongside the Han River near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Event Schedule

12:00 – 12:10 p.m.      Introduction
12:10 – 12:40 p.m.      Film Screening
12:40 – 1:30 p.m.        Discussion and Q&A


Dai Sil Kim-Gibson is an independent filmmaker and author who is widely known for championing compelling but neglected human rights stories.  Her film credits include America Becoming, Sa-I-Gu, A Forgotten People: the Sakhalin Koreans, Olivia’s Story, Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women, Wet Sand, Motherland (Cuba Korea USA), and People Are the Sky. Her films have garnered many awards and have screened at numerous festivals worldwide and on national PBS and the Sundance Channel. She received a Rockefeller Fellowship for Silence Broken and a production grant from the MacArthur Foundation for Sa-I-Gu. Having been a professor of religion and a government employee, filmmaking is her third career.



Young-Key Kim-Renaud is a linguist with a broad interest in the arts and humanities, who has organized many academic and cultural events. She is Senior Advisor to the Institute for Korean Studies, Professor Emeritus of Korean Language and Culture and International Affairs, former chair of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department (2002-2014), and founder of the Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities at GW. She served as President of the International Circle of Korean Linguistics and as Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Korean Linguistics. She has published widely on Korean linguistics, literature, culture, and history and received many awards including three Fulbright awards and the Republic of Korea Order of Cultural Merit.

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