Documentaries

At SOAS next week: Film Screening and Q&A: The Longest Tomb 29 May 2018, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Alumni Lecture Theatre Facebook event page Knowledge is Power and The Education Centre for Peace and Reunification present The Longest Tomb, the first ever documentary on the controversial subject of […]

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Sewol fourth anniversary screenings at Birkbeck Cinema

by Events Editor 15 April 2018
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Three free screenings to commemorate the Sewol tragedy which took place four years ago. All screenings take place at Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD. Note that the screening on 18 April is in Korean with no subtitles. Monday 16 April: 18:30–21:00 공동의 기억: 트라우마 | We Remember: Trauma | Facebook page | […]

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Film review: The Propaganda Game

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2018
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The SOAS North Korea Society recently hosted a screening of Álvaro Longoria’s The Propaganda Game. The documentary is not going to tell you anything new about North Korea, its on-location original footage being the product of a fully-chaperoned three-day tour in Pyongyang and the DMZ. What it does do, however, is hinted at in its […]

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Screening: Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno

by Events Editor 14 March 2018
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Bamseom Pirates gets another London screening. We enjoyed it when it came around last year. Bamseom Pirates, Seoul Inferno Dir Jung Yoon-Suk – 2017 – 119min – Korean w/ Eng subtitles Presented by Always Restrictions – A DIY Space For London Fundraiser £5 – All Profits Directly To DIY Space For London | Buy tikets […]

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Screening: My Heart Is Not Broken Yet

by Events Editor 7 March 2018
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Moon So-ri is the narrator of this moving film specially selected for screening close to International Women’s Day 2018. LKL caught it in Sheffield in 2015 – brief review here. My Heart Is Not Broken Yet Dir: AHN Hae-ryong (2007) Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Room B04, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Saturday 10 […]

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Screening: The Propaganda Game

by Events Editor 6 March 2018
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The SOAS North Korea Society invites you a screening of the film ‘The Propaganda Game’. The Propaganda Game Dir Álvaro Longoria (2015, 1h 38min) Wednesday 21 March at 7pm SOAS, 22 Russell Square Room T101 Check for updates on the event’s Facebook page The Propaganda Game is a 2015 documentary film about North Korea by […]

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South Korea: Earth’s Hidden Wilderness – BBC2 documentary

by Events Editor 11 February 2018
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To complement their coverage of the winter Olympics, the BBC is screening what looks like an interesting documentary covering things you might not often see in coverage of the peninsula. With plenty of Korean experts advising and behind the camera, this should be well worth a watch. South Korea – Earth’s Hidden Wilderness BBC2, 8:00pm […]

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Kim Hong-joon: Two or Three Things I Know About Kim Ki-young

by Events Editor 31 January 2018
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Kim Hong-joon knows many more than two or three things about Kim Ki-young. Do not miss this talk. Two or Three Things I Know About Kim Ki-young, with Kim Hong-joon Thursday 22 February, 7pm Korean Cultural Centre UK | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW Register via Eventbrite The 5th of February marks the 20th anniversary […]

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Made in Korea – the video

by Philip Gowman 28 January 2018
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Kay Aplin of the Ceramic House in Brighton, who masterminded the Korea-UK Made in Korea ceramic collaboration last year, has completed a 20-minute video documentary of the project. Well worth a viewing in full: Please browse Kay’s blog of the whole project including the reciprocal exhibition at the Mullae Art Factory in Seoul. In England, […]

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Becoming Who I Was gets brief theatrical release – catch it while you can!

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2018
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Jeon Jin’s and Moon Chang-yong’s documentary Becoming Who I Was screened at the London Film Festival back in October. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but it made quite an impression on me, and it ended up being one of my films of the year. My brief review is here. Do try and catch this […]

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Documentary: the Jangmadang Generation

by Philip Gowman 15 December 2017
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In January last year Sokeel Park from the NGO Liberty in North Korea gave a talk at Chatham House about the younger generation of entrepreneurs in North Korea, and other ways in which society is inexorably changing. Somewhere I’ve still got my notes and the handout from that talk – which I probably won’t get […]

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Festival film review double bill: Two Doors / The Remnants

by Philip Gowman 22 November 2017
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As part of the Documentary strand of the 2017 London Korean Film Festival Lee Hyuk-sang of the activist documentary makers PINKS presented a pair of films on the Yongsan tragedy. The context of the tragedy was the plan to redevelop the Yongsan area as the US army prepared to move to their new base in […]

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Festival film review: Becoming who I was

by Philip Gowman 8 November 2017
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Nine years ago Moon Chang-yong and Jeon Jin were in Ladakh, Kashmir – a mountainous region 100 miles or so northeast of where the Dalai Lama lives, and less than 50 miles from Tibet’s westernmost extremity. They were filming a documentary about practitioners of traditional medicine in the various regions of Asia. Their subject was […]

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The Yongsan tragedy featured in two LKFF documentaries

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2017
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Those of you who have read and love Han Kang’s Human Acts will know that is is inspired not only by the Gwangju uprising but also the Yongsan tragedy. Hwang Jung-eun’s One Hundred Shadows is even more directly inspired by the same tragedy. It was a news event that was little reported in the Western […]

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Film review double bill: Bamseom Pirates and Criminal Conspiracy

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2017
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This weekend gave us the opportunity to watch two very different documentaries which cast their critical eye over contemporary Korean society and recent political history. Part of the fascination of both of them for UK-based Korea-watchers is the way they resonate: they provide, in the one case, a laser-like dissection of an issue of which […]

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Screening: Criminal Conspiracy

by Events Editor 1 October 2017
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News of a free documentary screenings courtesy of the Birkbeck International Documentary Society: Criminal Conspiracy 공범자들 Dir: Choi Seung-ho (2017, 105 mins) Birkbeck Cinema | 43 Gordon Square | London WC1H 0PD 7 October 2pm | Event’s Facebook page During the Lee Myung-Bak presidency Public Broadcasting in South Korea came under heavy government control and […]

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Screening and discussion: Village vs Empire — Jeju and Gangjeong

by Events Editor 15 September 2017
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A free screening (a premiere) and discussion relating to Jeju Island and the US naval base. Planetary Poetics Workshop: Village versus Empire (2016) Premiere and Panel Discussion 23 September 2017, 6pm – 8pm Darwin Lecture Theatre (LT40) | Darwin Building | UCL | Gower Street | London WC1E 6XA Please register here. As part of our […]

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