Documentaries

Almost inexplicably, when compared with previous documentary screenings, the KCC’s mini festival of Korean documentaries, spread over two weekends, was over-subscribed, with latecomers for one session needing to sit on the floor. The decision to break out the documentary strand from the main London Korean Film Festival has probably been vindicated, and the strategy of […]

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An introduction to the LKFF summer documentary fortnight

by Philip Gowman 20 July 2018
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I’m glad the KCC is spreading out the goodness of the London Korean Film Festival throughout the year. That first week or so in November gets far too congested with all the competing strands of the festival (with additional competition from LEAFF and the K-music festival). So to have the high-quality teasers earlier in the […]

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Documentary fortnight day 4: Jung Il-woo, My Friend

by Events Editor 20 July 2018
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The final day of the London Korean Film Festival Summer Documentary Fortnight. All events free. Jung Il-woo, My Friend (내 친구 정일우) Director: Kim Dong-won (2017, 85 mins) 19 August 2018 3:00 pm @KCCUK | Book tickets Kim Dong-won’s most recent film to date is a heartfelt tribute to Father Jung Il-woo, a North-American Jesuit […]

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Documentary fortnight day 3: Soseongri

by Events Editor 20 July 2018
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Day 3 of the London Korean Film Festival Summer Documentary Fortnight. All events free. Soseongri (소성리) Director: Park Bae-il (2017, 87 mins) 18 August 2018 3:00 pm @KCCUK | Book tickets Soseongri is the portrayal of a community of senior citizens whose way of life is threatened when the decision is made to place the […]

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Documentary fortnight day 2: Repatriation, conversation + roundtable

by Events Editor 20 July 2018
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Day 2 of the London Korean Film Festival Summer Documentary Fortnight. All events free. Repatriation (송환) Director: Kim Dong-won (2004, 148 mins) + Conversation with Kim Dong Won and Chris Berry Birkbeck Cinema | 43 Gordon Square | London WC1H 0PD Sunday 12 August 2018 1:30 pm | Book tickets In the Spring of 1992, […]

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Documentary fortnight day 1: A Slice Room, Sanggyedong Olympics + 6 Day Struggle at Myeongdong Cathedral

by Events Editor 20 July 2018
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Day 1 of the London Korean Film Festival Summer Documentary Fortnight. All events free. A Slice Room (사람이 산다) + Conversation with Song Yun-hyeok and Nam In Young Director: Song Yun-hyeok (2016, 69 min) Birkbeck Cinema | 43 Gordon Square | London WC1H 0PD Saturday 11 Aug 2018 11:30 am | Book tickets followed by a lunch break. Korean […]

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Little Pyongyang – screening and Q+A

by Events Editor 14 June 2018
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A screening and associated events in aid of Connect North Korea. Separately, a reminder that you can contribute to their Crowdfunding campaign to launch their community centre to provide targeted assistance to North Korean refugees in the UK. Lush Film Fund presents… Little Pyongyang Thursday 21 June 2018 7:00pm – 10:00pm Lush Studio Soho | […]

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The Longest Tomb: Documentary on the Daejeon Massacre (1950)

by Events Editor 25 May 2018
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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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