[The Untold Tales of Koreans in Cuba]

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About the documentary

Born in 1926 to Korean indentured servant parents in Cuba, Jeronimo joins the Cuban revolution and crosses paths with Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, before turning to his Korean roots and identity.

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Immigration to Mexico

1033 Koreans board a cargo ship to Mexico after being told it flows with milk and honey, and that 4 years of labor would guarantee enough funds to return to Korea and live comfortably. *A 2 year old Cheontaek Lim boards the ship with his single mother.

1905 - 1909

Henequen Farms

Koreans arrive in Mexico who are sold to 22 landlords who place them in their Henequen farms. Then begins 4 years of enslavement with little or no basic rights.


Japanese Colonization

Korea is officially annexed by Japan and disappears off the map. Koreans living in Mexico lose their nationality and refuse to be registered as Japanese nationals as demanded by the Japanese embassy.


Cuban Immigration

A group of 300 or so Koreans immigrate to Cuba to seek better life, only to find the conditions just as lamentable. Most find their home at henequen farms in Cuba. *Cheontaek Lim is included in this group.


Jeronimo Lim's Birth

Jeronimo Lim is born as the first son of Cheontaek Lim.

1935 - 42

Independence Movement

Cheontaek Lim raises funds among Koreans in Cuba to support Kim Goo at the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai and Korea's independence movement against Japanese occupation.


Jeronimo's Education

Jeronimo attends Havana University - the first Korean to be admitted into college. He studies law and one of his classmates was Fidel Castro.

1949 - 59

Jeronimo and Politics

Jeronimo joins and actively leads the Orthodox party that later became part of the Guerrilla movement that toppled the Batista's corrupted government.


Jeronimo's Career

Jeronimo serves the new Cuban government for nearly 3 decades, and at one point, serves as Director of the Department of the Food Industry while Che is the Minister.

2001 - 2005

Korean Commemoration

Jeronimo leads an effort to erect the Korean Monuments in Manati and Matanzas to commemorate the 80th year of Korean immigration to Cuba.


Jeronimo's Death

Jeronimo suddenly passes away during what was to be a minor surgery.


Joseph's Cuba Trip

Joseph travels to Cuba, and coincidentally meets Patricia Lim, Jeronimo's daughter, and is fascinated by the story of Jeronimo.


Documentary Production

Joseph returns to Cuba with crew members Jennifer, Grace, Kihoon, Jaesun, and William, meeting 100 Koreans and interviewing 35 people in search of Jeronimo's legacy and the history of Koreans in Cuba.


Documentary Launch

The feature-length documentary, Jeronimo, is expected to be released.

"Jeronimo is a very important project for our lifetime, remembering unsung heroes who dedicated their lives to liberation."

- Korean Buddhist monk, Bub-ryun (법륜스님)

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JERONIMO is Officially Selected at this year's KAFFNY (Korean American Film Festival in New York). Moreover, I was informed that if you purchase a ticket to JERONIMO for Oct 20 screening now, you will also get a free ticket to "Parasite" - the Canne Grand Jury film - at IFC theatre in New York this Sunday. Yes - it's a 1+1 deal. :D RSVP: 헤로니모가 올해 뉴욕한인영화제에 공식 선정되었습니다. 더 좋은 뉴스는, 10월 20일에 상영되는 헤로니모 영화티켓을 내일까지 구매하신다면 이번주 일요일 (10월 13일) 뉴욕 IFC 극장에서 봉준호 감독의 "기생충" 티켓을 무료로 준다고 합니다. 아래 링크에서 구매하고 두 영화 보시면 좋을듯 하네요! RSVP:

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A few days too late, but JERONIMO just had its GUAM Premiere at the 2019 Guam International Film Festival! 며칠 늦은 소식이지만 "헤로니모"가 며칠전 괌국제영화제에서 공식 선정되어 첫 상영을 하였습니다! #jeronimo #guaminternationalfilmfestival #giff #guampremiere #헤로니모 #괌국제영화제 #쿠바한인 #코리안디아스포라

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