[The Untold Tales of Koreans in Cuba]

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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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Facebook Post 2020-08-28T22:48:19+0000

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JERONIMO is coming to Helsinki, Finland, for a screening tomorrow, Aug. 30 at 1PM. 올해 초부터 "헤로니모"를 헬싱키에서 상영시키려고 노력하셨던 민주평통 한희영 위원님의 노고로 내일 핀란드 헬싱키에서 "헤로니모"가 상영됩니다. 제작자 전후석도 참가하여 핀란드 현지인, 교민들과 주재원분들과 함께 영화를 감상하고 디아스포라에 대한 이야기를 나눌 예정입니다. #jeronimo #헤로니모 #헬싱키 #상영회 @ Helsinki Finland

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Team JERONIMO would like to reach out to all our friends, supporters, and followers to share that we are beginning a new documentary project, titled, "CHOSEN: documentary on Korean diaspora in US". We will be following around 5 Korean American candidates running for US Congress this November, which is most in history! Isn't it about time that we document the dramatic journey of each Korean American candidate running for office? What would their role be for not only Korean Americans and other constituents but also for their motherland and other members of diaspora? Director Joseph is flying to US this weekend to start following each candidate. We would love your support again and I'll do my best to produce another documentary like JERONIMO! 오늘, 헤로니모를 제작한 팀은 새로운 프로젝트를 결심했습니다. "선택받은 자"라는 새로운 다큐멘터리로 올해 11월에 연방하원 선출직에 도전하는 5명의 재미 한인 후보자들에 대한 이야기가 될것입니다. 제작자 전후석은 이 프로젝트를 위해 이번주 미국으로 출국하여 5명의 재미 한인들의 선거를 따라다닐 계획입니다. 급하게 시작하는 프로젝트라 아무런 제정도 마련되지 않았지만 중요하다는 믿음하에 곧바로 착수하게 되었습니다. 여러분들께 도움의 손길을 부탁드립니다. "헤로니모"처럼 최선을 다해 한인 디아스포라들의 역할론에 대해 고민하는 작품을 만들어보겠습니다. 후원 부탁드릴께요. 감사합니다! #CHOSEN #Documentary #CHOSENDocumentary #선택받은자 #JERONIMO

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이번주 수요일 8월 19일 저녁 7시부터 "헤로니모" 상영 및 곧 미국으로 돌아가는 감독과 마지막 대화시간이 될 듯 합니다. 서울극장에서 진행되니 관람 환경도 최고일듯 싶고요. 방역수칙은 기본! #헤로니모 #희망레일 @ 서울극장

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