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Come along 3:30pm for this special free screening hosted by Korean New Zealanders for a Better Future. Registration link below.
Filmmaker Joseph Juhn’s first encounter in Havana is with a very unexpected taxi driver: a middle-aged Korean Cuban woman. This fateful meeting eventually nags at Juhn’s curiosity more than mojitos or cigars, resulting in a remarkable documentary about the taxi driver’s father, an unsung hero with a larger-than-life name: Jeronimo Lim Kim. By tracing Jeronimo’s journey, Juhn probes Korean diaspora at its smallest and most far-flung, affirming national identity while also wondering exactly what that means.
Born in 1926 to Korean indentured servant parents in Cuba, Jeronimo Lim becomes the first Korean to enroll in university in the same school and year as Fidel Castro. Jeronimo joins the Cuban revolution and later becomes a Vice Minister in the Castro government, crossing paths with Fidel and Che Guevara. Having experienced poverty and discrimination as ethnic minority, Jeronimo believed that communism would guarantee equal rights and opportunity as other Cubans.
After visiting his now divided homeland, Korea in 1995, Jeronimo becomes a changed man and dedicates the remaining years until his death to reconnecting to his Korean roots and rebuilding the Korean community in Cuba.
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