Three compelling stories reveal lives that are affected by the Korean armistice at the 38th parallel that continues to separate the country and its families. From familiar documentary style with rare archival footages to dramatic storytelling with facts within a fictional narrative, each film considers the relationship between image making and historical re-framing. Reaching Beyond the 38th Parallel tells hopeful stories of resilience, affirmation, and healing. – MSK
Daniel Yong* | Canada 2014 | 18:30 |English, Korean with English Subtitles
Leftover follows the daily life of a North Korean family struggling to come to terms with the memories of their past. The protagonists act as themselves within a fictional narrative, exploring issues of shifting identities, cultural and intergenerational conflicts, and family.
Born in South Korea and raised in China, Daniel Yong is an award-winning filmmaker. His films have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival Student Showcase, Toronto Korean Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, and Reel Asian Film Festival.
Kim Jung-in* | South Korea 2012 | 30:00 | Korean, Mandarin with English subtitles
The subtle yet suspenseful cinematography of Choongshim, Soso grasps the harsh reality of illegal North Korean immigrants in Dandong, China, a neighbouring city of Shinuiju, North Korea. With danger at every turn, the protagonist perseveres with resilience and determination to seek refuge.
Kim Jung-in is a graduate of Seogang University (M.F.A.) in South Korea. Choongshim Soso won Best Scenario at the Busan International Film Festival 2013 and Special Jury Prize at Mise-enscène Short Film Festival 2013.
Memory of Forgotten War
Deann Borshay Liem, Ramsay Liem | USA 2013 | 38:00 | English, Korean with English subtitles
Memory of Forgotten War tells a remarkably touching story of long lost siblings reuniting in North Korea after several decades of separation, since the 38th parallel division. With rare archival footage of the Korean War, this moving story gives a comprehensive and insightful historical understanding into Korean War that continues to sever the country.
Deann Borshay Liem, born in Korea and an adoptee to an American family, is an award-winning and Emmy Awardnominated director. She is also a Sundance Institute Fellow and a recipient of the Rockefeller Film/Video Fellowship.
Ramsay Liem is a professor and scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College.
*Directors in attendance