2014 USC Korean Film Festival

Please join the Korean Studies Institute and the School of Cinematic Arts for the 2014 Korean Film Festival, September 6-7!

This two-day film event shows North Korea and its people in a state of flux. The films will provide Southern California audiences with the opportunity to view a dynamic shift in cinematic approach toward North Korea as well as the change in public sentiment surrounding discourse on Korean reunification and North Korean refugees. The five selected films are collaborations or independent works with origins in North Korea, Europe, China, and Korea. They were selected because they focus on movement in North Korea across the various borders of class, gender, territory, and nationality. These films counter stereotypical representations by allowing audiences to see vibrant depictions of the lives of North Koreans and the possibility of change in North Korea through the quiet, dramatic movements of crossing, jumping, and flying.

This year’s theme is Crossing, Jumping, Flying: North Korean Mobility in Films and will feature the film Comrade Kim Goes Flying as well as four other films about North Korea.  Please join KSI Director David Kang, faculty experts Youngmin Choe (USC), Suk Young Kim (UCSB), and the directors of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, Nicholas Bonner and Anja Daelemans on Sunday, September 7th at 4:30pm for a dynamic panel discussion following the film.


Day One: Film screenings at SCA 108
Saturday, September 6, 2014
12:30 pm — 3:00 pm | Dooman River (Zhang Lu, 2010, 90 min)
3:15 pm — 5:20 pm | Poongsan (Jun Jaihong, 2011, 121 min)
5:30 pm — 7:40 pm | Secretly, Greatly (Jang Cheol-soo, 2013, 123 min)

Day Two: Film screening & panel discussion at SCA 108
Sunday, September 7, 2014
12:30 pm – 2:40 pm | Flower Girl (Choe Ik-kyu, 1972, 126 min)
2:50 pm – 3:00 pm | Introduction for Director Nicholas Bonner and Director Anja Daelemans by David James (USC)
3:00 pm — 4:30 pm | Comrade Kim Goes Flying (Nicholas Bonner, and Anja Daelemans, 2012, 89min)
4:40 pm — 6:30 pm | Panel Discussion
Moderator: David Kang (USC Korean Studies Institute)
Participants: Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans, Suk-young Kim (UC Santa Barbara), Young-min Choe (USC)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Reception at Ahn House

More information about the festival can be found on the KSI website.  Additional support provided by the East Asian Studies Center.

We hope to see you there!


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