Roundtable on Independent Documentary Filmmaking in Korea

Lkff2018 Doc Fortnight The Six Day Fight In Myeong Dong Cathedral

This roundtable offers an opportunity to learn about the history and particular characteristics of the Korean independent documentary scene, from the late 1980s to the present day. Nam In Young (Dept. of Film Studies, Dongseo University) will walk us through the journeys undertaken by a number of filmmaking collectives, in connection to the sociopolitical history of South Korea. We will also hear from two filmmakers, Kim Dong Won and Song Yun-hyeok, who have been both active filmmakers and activists throughout their lives, working with collectives to produce documentary films highlighting the resistance and activism movement in Korea. This roundtable discussion will be moderated by Professor Chris Berry (Dept. of Film Studies, King's College London).

‘As I watched these [films], I realized that the subjects of the documentary were also its primary audience, and that they alternated being documentary subjects and audience during the production process. This gives the documentary a direct role in the formation and maintenance of the community and the movement…’

‘Rather, it is to provoke self-reflection and exchange amongst the residents themselves, in the process constructing a counter-public. So, here it seems we may have an example of a counter-public sphere that develops tactically in the space of capitalist modernity, working autonomously from the model of investment, production, distribution, consumption and profit. Instead, this socially engaged mode of documentary production blurs the divisions between production and consumption, employer and employee, investor and worker, filmmaker and subject, and subject and audience in the pursuit of its political and social goals.’

This Roundtable will be followed by a Drinks Reception. A selection of drinks, including Korean Soju, will be served.

Keynes Library, 12 Aug 2018 4:45 pm

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