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New documentary details international effort of women activists to end conflict on Korean peninsula

Women Cross DMZ

What is the role of Hawaiʻi in Pacific diplomacy? U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele has stepped forward to co-sponsor a House resolution searching for a binding peace agreement with North Korea. Now, the new film "Crossings" looks back at an international effort of women activists to end the conflict on the Korean peninsula.

In 2015, 30 women from across the world walked across the Demilitarized Zone in a highly publicized, and criticized, call for peace. The Conversation spoke with organizer Christine Ahn and activist and physician Kalama Niheu, both of whom appear in the film, about its Hawaiʻi ties. Ahn spearheaded the crossing in 2015.

"Crossings" premiered as part of the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival, and is available to stream online until Nov. 28 for Hawaiʻi residents. This interview aired on The Conversation on Nov. 15, 2021.

Savannah Harriman-Pote is the energy and climate change reporter. She is also the lead producer of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Contact her at sharrimanpote@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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