New film champions ROK’s first president, and his hardline stance on North Korea | NK News
July 20, 2024
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New film champions ROK’s first president, and his hardline stance on North Korea

‘Birth of Korea’ offers revisionist take of Rhee Syngman, winning conservative fans but misconstruing history

A newly released South Korean documentary has put the spotlight back on the country’s first President Syngman Rhee — and on his hardline approach to North Korea still popular in conservative circles.

“The Birth of Korea” (건국전쟁) recounts Rhee’s life story and his leadership during the Korean War, winning praise from politicians on the right for honoring what they say are his forgotten achievements.

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