HOLMDEL, NJ – The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host a screening of the award-winning Korean War documentary Chosin on Saturday, February 5 at 1 p.m. at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center, followed by a discussion with producer, director and Iraq War veteran Brian Iglesias.
Chosin recounts the epic-15 day Chosin Reservoir Campaign, when a greatly outnumbered 15,000 United States troops successfully fought off 120,000 Chinese soldiers in the frozen mountains of North Korea. Refusing surrender, the men fought 78 miles to freedom and saved the lives of 98,000 civilian refugees.
“These first-hand accounts, from survivors who had never shared their stories before, coupled with rare black and white and color archival footage gathered from hundreds of hours of research, create an emotional and heart-pounding journey through one of the most savage battles in American history,” said Iglesias. “As the men of Chosin fade into history, their stories of their experiences and fallen brothers fade with them. Chosin ensures that their legacy is preserved for generations to come, a victory never forgotten.”
Iglesias, a New Jersey combat decorated and service disabled Iraq War veteran, and Anton Sattler, a combat decorated Captain in the U.S. Marine Reserves, pieced together the harrowing documentary during an eight-month trip across the country which included interviewing 186 veterans in 27 cities across 14 states. As a result, Chosin has been praised by Colin Powell, NPR, New York Times, LA Times, and LA Weekly. It was the winner for the best documentary feature for both the 2010 G.I. Film Festival and the 2010 Dixie Film Festival.
Attendees are asked to RSVP to (732) 335-0033 to attend; regular admission applies. Regular admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel. Regular adult admission is $5.00; student and senior citizen admission is $3.00; and children under 10 are admitted free. The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State Parkway at exit 116. The Museum & Educational Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please visit our website at www.njvvmf.org for more information.