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Story of survival: Korean War documentary to be screened

Friday, November 16, 2012

Members of the Seventh Marine Regiment press into Communist territory near the Chosin Reservoir in November 1950. The documentary 'Chosin' commemorates their efforts.
(Department of Defense photo)
In the winter of 1950, 15,000 U.S. Soldiers and Marines were surrounded and trapped by a force of communist Chinese soldiers in the frozen mountains of North Korea. Facing impossible odds, the men fought 78 miles to freedom and saved the lives of 98,000 civilian refugees.

The movie "Chosin" is the first-ever documentary on the Chosin Reservoir Campaign.

"Marines are taught about the battle of the Chosin Resevoir from boot camp," said Curtis Hice, who is organizing the local screening. "In the Marine community, the event is really well known, but not so much for civilians, or even other branches of the military."


Hice served as Marine combat engineer with the 1st Combat Engineer Batallion, in Camp Pendleton, Calif., completed three tours in Iraq and reached the rank of Sergeant. Of his fellow Marines at Chosin, "These guys went through something horrific and came out victorious," Hice said.

"After I watched the movie and realized how well done it was, I wanted to make the film available to everyone," said Hice.

"After 60 years of silence, the survivors of the campaign take us on an emotional and heart-pounding journey through one of the most savage battles in American history," said film writer Anton Sattler. "These first-hand accounts, combined with footage never before seen by most Americans, create a visceral, emotionally charged experience unlike that provided by any other war documentary."

Director to visit

Writer and director Brian Iglesias will be on hand to discuss the film and answer questions. Iglesias, of New Jersey, served as a Marine in Iraq. He and partner Sattler traveled cross-country in 2009, interviewing nearly 200 Korean War soldiers for the documentary.

The movie was released in 2010 and won Best Documentary honors in that year's GI Film Festival.

It will be shown this weekend at Motlow State Community College at 2 p.m. Admission is free and a reception follows the screening.