Kung Fu Grandma: documentary by a London-based Korean director screens at LSFF

Still from Kung Fu Grandma

Some of you may be focused on Wembley Arena right now, but others may well already be planning your diaries for the New Year. If so, make a note of 12 January at the Roxy: the London Short Film Festival, featuring Kung Fu Grandma, a short by Jeong-One Park.

Jeong-One Park grew up in Seoul and studied documentary directing at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is currently working as an independent documentary filmmaker based in London. Her film Kung Fu Grandma has been awarded the first prize at the International Women’s Film Festival in Korea and has been nominated for the One World Media Awards in UK.

Kung Fu Grandma

Dir. Jeong-One Park, 2011, UK, 27′

In the Korogocho slum in Nairobi, the Kung Fu Grannies are fighting back. This film explores the dark circumstances motivating a group of elderly women as they fight back a violent and terrifying superstition.

‘Kung Fu Grandma’ is a powerful short documentary film by London based director Jeong-One Park. Filmed in a slum district of Kenya it tells the shocking tale of older women coming under attack from HIV infected, drug addicted young men fuelled by rumours that sexual intercourse with an elderly women can cure aids. The film provokes tears and laughter as the women tell their shocking stories, and we watch them join a liberating self-defence class.

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