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Canadian Premier Screening of ‘Chosen’ (dir. Joseph Juhn)

In 2020, five Korean Americans of vastly diverse backgrounds with competing political views run for U.S. Congress. David Kim is the only underdog with limited resources vying to be the first Korean American representative in Koreatown.

Post-screening panel discussion with the filmmaker, Joseph Juhn, and special guest Min Sook Lee (filmmaker and activist). Moderated by Ann H. Kim (associate professor, sociology; director, Korean Office for Research and Education, York University)

Free screening with Our Place and Beyond Conference registration; the remaining tickets after the registration closing date (also free, minimum 20) will be released to the public. Click here to add your name to the waitlist.

Juhn is a lawyer-turned-filmmaker with passion for diasporic narratives. His latest documentary, Chosen, sheds light on the struggles and triumphs of five Korean Americans who ran for U.S. Congress in 2020, and has been praised by audiences and critics alike since its release in Korean theatres in 2022. Juhn’s debut feature documentary, Jeronimo, released in 2019, explored the life of a Korean Cuban revolutionary named Jeronimo Lim and inspired a discourse on the concept of Korean diaspora in the U.S. and Korea.

Prior to working on Jeronimo full-time, Juhn was an in-house counsel at the Manhattan-based South Korean government agency KOTRA for four years, where he advised Korean companies and entrepreneurs on U.S. intellectual property and startup law. He studied film and video at UC San Diego and got his JD at Syracuse University College of Law.

Sook Lee has directed numerous critically-acclaimed documentaries, including: Donald Brittain Gemini winner Tiger Spirit, Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature winner Hogtown and Canadian Screen Award winner The Real Inglorious Bastards. Her documentary Migrant Dreams, which told the story of migrant farm workers fighting for justice, was awarded Best Labour Documentary by the Canadian Journalists Association and garnered the prestigious Canadian Hillman Prize, which honours journalists whose work identifies important social and economic issues in Canada.

Min Sook is an associate professor at OCAD University. Her area of research and filmmaking focuses on counter hegemonic narratives of resistance and feminist working-class cultural praxis for a world that centres justice, equity and humanity.

This event and the Our Place and Beyond Conference is brought to you in partnership with many community partners, including: the Korean Office for Research and Education at the York Centre for Asian Research; the Korean Professional Women’s Association; HanVoice; the Korean Legal Clinic; the Korean Canadian Lawyers’ Association; the Asian Canadian Women’s Association; the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice; LYP Program Inc.; and the University of Toronto’s Centre for the Study of Korea and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

Our generous sponsors include the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University, and the OBA Conference Centre.

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Nov 22 2023


6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Nat Taylor Cinema (Ross North 102) York University @ 4700 Keele St


Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE)
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