The documentary about the North Korean defector artist known as Sun Mu gets two screenings as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. LKL’s review from last Autumn’s Raindance is here.
I am Sun Mu
Director: Adam Sjöberg
Year: 2015 / 80m
Language(s): English, Chinese, Korean
March 13, 2016 5:30 PM @ Ritzy Brixton | Book tickets
March 16, 2016 6:30 PM @ Curzon Soho | Book tickets
Both screenings followed by discussion with filmmaker Adam Sjöberg and John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
Since fleeing his native North Korea to defect to the south, the artist Sun Mu has worked under a defiant alias meaning “no boundaries” to criticize the repressive regime of Kim Jong-un. A former propaganda artist, Sun Mu subverts familiar images that once glorified the Supreme Leader into satirical political pop art. Offered an unlikely solo exhibition in China, the anonymous artist prepares his show undercover, risking his freedom and safety to expose the truth through art.
Photographer and filmmaker Adam Sjöberg has traveled to over 40 countries covering conflict and natural disaster, design and architecture, beauty and suffering, light and darkness. His work is imbued with his unique personal touch – and an intimacy with his characters – and Adam’s voice as a storyteller has been recognized most recently as GOOD magazine’s GOOD 100 for storytelling. His projects have been featured by dozens of international outlets including BBC World News, WIRED magazine, PASTE Magazine, ESPN Magazine, and the CBS Evening News.