American film director Oliver Stone arrived on Jeju Island Aug. 2 to support the Gangjeong Village anti-naval base movement. Stone joins other high-profile international celebrities such as Noam Chomsky in supporting the movement and will spend the weekend giving talks and visiting the protest site.
The director is renowned for challenging militarization through his work, which includes four-time Oscar-winning Platoon, JFK and the documentary Untold History of the United States.
On the afternoon of Aug. 2, Stone joined the march organized by anti-base protestors that began on 29 July. Marchers began in Gangjeong and have skirted the east and west coasts of Jeju Island before meeting together at Tapdong Square on Aug 3. The main event begins at 7 p.m.
Oliver Stone will be giving a speech in support of the Gangjeong Peace Movement and there will also be performances by local act South Carnival plus Bak Chang-guen and the Wind Band. There will be a performance by Gangjeong children and a talk by sociologist Choe Gwang-gi.
On the morning of Aug. 4, Oliver Stone will be taken on a tour of Gangjeong Village, including bowing at the base construction gate and joining Catholic mass at 11 a.m.
More information about the movement against the naval base can be found here.
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