American Cinema Evenings

American Cinema Evenings
American Cinema Evenings

What is the American Cinema Evenings?

American Cinema Evenings hosted by the American Center of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, provides young Koreans an opportunity to explore American culture, history and society through the medium of film. Each evening will feature a film showing and discussion in English led by an American embassy officer. Each month’s film showing will reflect a particular theme of American culture including American history, regional culture, literature, the natural environment, modern technology and lifestyles, contemporary performing arts, etc. We invite all interested young people to join us for these special evenings!

How can I participate in the U.S. Embassy ACE Film Series?

Unless there is a conflict with date and time, the program is usually held from 5-7 p.m. on the third Friday of each month at the American Center Korea, and an RSVP is required. If you like to join the program, please send us an e-mail to AmericanCenterKorea@state.gov with your name, school, department, and mobile phone number to reserve your seat. Since seats are limited, RSVPs are on a first-come first-served basis. This event is free of charge.

American Cinema Evenings

February 17, 2017 – American Center Korea hosted a film discussion on Black History Month with 25 participants as part of the monthly film discussion program, American Cinema Evenings (ACE). The screening of “Eyes on the Prize,” an award-winning PBS documentary on civil rights movement, led to a lively discussion while providing a deeper understanding of social and racial issues in African-American community in the U.S.

American Cinema Evenings

January 13, 2017 – American Center Korea hosted American Cinema Evenings (ACE), a monthly film screening program, with a showing of “October Sky (1999),” which was followed by a discussion on individualism and innovation in American society.

American Cinema Evenings

October 21, 2016 – American Center Korea hosted American Cinema Evenings (ACE), a monthly film screening program, with a showing of “Chef,” which was followed by a discussion on American entrepreneurship and creative quality cooking.

American Cinema Evenings

September 9, 2016 – American Center Korea featured the latest U.S. TV drama series, “Baskets,” in celebration of 2016 Seoul International Drama Awards. Garrett Wilkerson, Director of Regional Public Diplomacy Outreach, moderated a discussion with 40 Korean and American students from various universities.

American Cinema Evenings

American Center Korea hosted American Cinema Evenings (ACE), a monthly film screening program, with a showing of “Sweet Home Alabama,” followed by a discussion on U.S. travel and regional cultural diversity. U.S. Embassy Information Management Officer Mark Howlett introduced the film and moderated an open discussion on the issue of cultural clashes between southern and northern states in America.

American Cinema Evenings

American Center Korea hosted American Cinema Evenings (ACE), a monthly film screening program, with a showing of “The Pursuit of Happyness,” and a discussion on realization of the American dream through hard work and determination. U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Assistant Joel Keralis introduced the film and moderated an open discussion on the issue of homelessness and the challenges presented to the poor and minorities by contemporary American society.

06272016 - American Cinema Evenings: Mean Girls with U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Assistant Joel Keralis

American Center Korea hosted American Cinema Evenings (ACE) with a showing of “Mean Girls,” and a discussion on American high school life. U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Assistant Joel Keralis introduced the film and moderated an open discussion on American society and culture

05202016 - American Cinema Evenings: Captain America: the Winter Soldier - U.S. Embassy Political Officer Alex Andrew

American Center Korea hosted American Cinema Evenings (ACE) with a showing of “Captain America: the Winter Soldier,” and a discussion on American views on security vs. privacy. U.S. Embassy Political Officer Alex Andrew introduced the film and moderated an open discussion on American society and culture.

04082016 - American Cinema Evenings: Safety Not Guaranteed - American Spaces Director Anthony Tranchina

American Center Korea hosted a monthly film screening program with a screening of “Safety Not Guaranteed,” an American indie film directed by Colin Trevorrow who also directed the #4 U.S. box-office hit film of all time, Jurassic World. At the opening, American Spaces Director Anthony Tranchina welcomed 15 student participants and introduced about the film and also moderated an open discussion on American society and culture.

03182016 - American Cinema Evenings: Promised Land U.S. - Embassy Public Affairs Assistant Jason Thornton

American Center Korea’s monthly film screening program introduced Korean students to global environmental issues with the film “Promised Land.” U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Assistant Jason Thornton moderated discussion and encouraged participants to talk about balancing corporate and environmental responsibilities.

02192016 - American Cinema Evenings: the Helper - Consular Officer Isabelle Chan

American Center Korea hosted a film discussion on Black History Month with 20 students from local universities. The screening of “the Helper” led to a lively discussion while providing a deeper understanding of the achievements and struggles of Black Americans. Consular Officer Isabelle Chan moderated the discussion and encouraged participants to talk about minority issues in the U.S. and Korea, both past and present.

01152016 - American Cinema Evenings: If These Walls Could Talk 2 - Political Specialist Nathalie Han

American Center Korea hosted a monthly film screening program with a screening of “If These Walls Could Talk 2.” Political Specialist Nathalie Han introduced about the film which tells the topic of lesbianism and women issues, and also moderated a lively discussion on ‘LGBT Rights’ and kept the participants actively join an open discussion.

The screening of It’s a Wonderful Life led into a lively discussion while providing a deeper understanding of the U.S. history, society and culture when it comes to celebrating Christmas holiday. Cultural Affairs Officer Mark Canning moderated the discussion and encouraged participants to talk about today’s trends and issues of the U.S. and Korea.

American Center Korea hosted an American Cinema Evenings with a screening of “Lost Baggage” directed by Professor Changhee Chun of Ithaca College. Professor Changhee Chun introduced about his documentary film “Lost Baggage” which tells the story of migrant workers’ issues in Korea and also moderated a lively discussion on ‘human rights’.

The latest installment of the American Center Korea’s monthly film screening program, American Cinema Evenings, introduced Korean students to U.S. wedding culture and . U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Assistant Jason Thornton moderated discussion and encouraged participants to talk about cultural differences between the U.S. and Korea, and meaning of getting married.

American Center Korea hosted a film discussion on Earth Day and environmental issues, featuring the film “Michael Clayton” for students from local universities. After the screening of the film, CONS Sona Ramesh moderated discussion, encouraging an interactive exchange with students that dealt with corporation’s social responsibilities regarding the environment and ethics.

American Center Korea hosted a film discussion on Women’s History Month for students from local universities. The screening of “A League of Their Own” led to a lively discussion while providing a deeper understanding of the social and racial issues of men vs. women. Consular Officer Phillip Walsky moderated the discussion and encouraged participants to talk about women’s issues in the U.S. and Korea, both past and present.

PA highlighted Black History Month by screening Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” for an audience of local university students. Consular Officer Dae G. Kim moderated the discussion which followed the film, and encouraged participants to talk about minority issues in the U.S. and Korea, both past and present. The discussion enhanced participants’ understanding of American history, particularly immigration and African-American issues, and students voiced their views on ‘social ideals vs. reality,’ and ‘racial and minority issues.’

PA American Center Korea hosted a film discussion on U.S. presidential politics with 35 students from 26 local universities as part of the monthly film discussion program, American Cinema Evenings (ACE). The screening of the American President led to a lively discussion while providing a deeper understanding of politics and issues in a U.S. administration. Consular Officer Jerrod Hansen moderated the discussion and encouraged participants to talk about politics in the U.S. and Korea, past and present.