Independently Yours: Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series
In South Korea, women have been voicing out loud through activist movements such as #EscapeTheCorset, #MeToo, #MyLifeIsNotYourPorn, and 4B (or Four Nos - no romance, marriage, sex and childbirth). The first feminist political party, the Women’s Party, has also been recently formed to fight for more influence in the development of the deeply patriarchal and conservative Korean society.
More prominent and realistic images of women have also appeared in Korean cinema. A growing number of women filmmakers are creating courageous and captivating works to make their views be seen and heard, and #SendingMySpirit also encourages people to buy tickets for films with greater female involvement. Proudly presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival and the Seoul Independent Film Festival, the Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series brings you on a journey to explore the recent wave of women independent cinema. Our selected works observe and delineate women’s places and emotions in the Korean society with great intimacy and delicacy, and will show you a diversity of women’s lives that you might not have experienced before.
This film series takes place from December 2020 to May 2021 under the signature programme of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Independently Yours.
Announcement of the Independently Yours: Women Direct. Korean Indies! – Korean Women Independent Film Series‼️
In view of the current pandemic situation in Hong Kong, we are sorry to announce that screenings of Itaewon and A Boy and Sungreen will be postponed to 20/3/2021 (7:30pm) and 17/4/2021 (7:30pm) respectively.
Tickets of Itaewon and A Boy and Sungreen can be refunded. Audience members who have purchased tickets must re-purchase tickets if you would like to watch the screenings in March and April next year. You can follow this link for the Refund Application Form – https://bit.ly/37aEjWw . Please retain a photocopy of the completed and signed Refund Application Form and the original ticket(s) (both front and back) for record and future reference. Should any original documents be lost in the refund process and the applicant fails to provide the above for reference, refund would not be processed.
Refund Application Forms that are not signed will not be processed.
Please MAIL the completed and signed Refund Application Form and the original ticket(s) to the Hong Kong Arts Centre office’s address below BY 23 December 2020:
Moving Image Dept.
8/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre
2 Harbour Road
Upon receipt of the complete and accurate refund information and original ticket(s), the Hong Kong Arts Centre will refund the ticket amount(s) by mailing a cheque to the audience member.
20/3 (Sat) 7:30pm Itaewon
17/4 (Sat) 7:30pm A Boy and Sungreen
Details of upcoming films from February to May 2021 will be announced:
Lucky Chan-sil (dir. Kim Cho-hee)
2019 ｜ Fiction ｜ Color ｜ DCP ｜ 96min
The Strangers (dir. Myoung So-hee)
2018 ｜ Documentary ｜ Color ｜ DCP ｜ 81min
For Vagina's Sake (dir. Kim Bo-Ram)
2017 ｜ Documentary ｜ Color ｜ DCP ｜ 73min
Way Back Home (dir. Park Sun-joo)
2019 ｜ Fiction ｜ Color ｜ DCP ｜ 114mins
Untold (dir. Lee-kil Bora)
2018 (Released in 2020) ｜ Documentary ｜ Color ｜ DCP ｜ 79min
Maggie (dir. Yi Ok-seop)
2018｜ Fiction｜ Color ｜ DCP ｜ 89min
The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin (dir. Kim Dong-ryung and Park Kyoung-tae)
2019 ｜ Documentary ｜ Color ｜ DCP ｜ 115min
Movements (Dir. Jeong Da-hee)
2019 ｜ Animation short ｜ Color ｜ DCP ｜ 10min
Unpredictable Boy (Dir. Goong Yu-jeong)
2019 ｜ Fiction short ｜ Color ｜ DCP ｜ 31min
Beginners' Class (Dir. Kim Hyun-jung)
2019 ｜ Fiction short ｜ Color ｜ DCP ｜ 50min
Microhabitat (Dir. Jeon Go-woon)
2018 ｜ Fiction｜ Color ｜ DCP ｜ 106min
Director: Kangyu Garam
Paris Korean Film Festival 2017
Seoul Human Rights Film Festival 2017
Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival 2016
Between Korea and America
20/3 (Sat) 7:30pm
South Korea | 2016/2019｜ 94 mins ｜DCP ｜ Colour ｜In Korean with English subtitles
In the middle of Seoul lies its epicentre of international cultures and openness, Itaewon, a district that has undergone extreme survivals and transformations from violent assaults and innocent encounters by foreigners over centuries. Three women, Sam-sook, Naki and Young-hwa, recall their angers, sorrows and joys of making a living in Itaewon’s red light street, coined Hooker Hill, since 30 years ago, when US soldiers and dollars from a nearby army base began to overflow the area. Since the base started moving out with clubs shutting down, Itaewon has been gentrified into an exotic neighbourhood for young worldly Koreans and foreign residents. The three aged women continue to fight social stigmas and live with memories that paint different faces of Korea’s postcolonial past, present and future, illustrating the endless possibilities of individual dignity, hope and perseverance.
Director Kangyu Garam co-founded an alternative cultural club called Girls Play Girls. She has won multiple awards from festivals including the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, the 11th Seoul Independent Documentary Film and Video Festival, and the Busan International Short Film Festival.
A Boy and Sungreen（보희와녹양）
Director: Ahn Ju-young
Nominated for Best New Actor, Grand Bell Awards (South Korea) 2020
Nominated for Best New Actor, Baek Sang Art Awards (South Korea) 2020
Nominated for the KTH Award (for Korean independent films), Busan International Film Festival 2018
Nominated for Independent Star Award, Seoul Independent Film Festival 2018
Together we stand and laugh
17/4 (Sat) 7:30pm
South Korea | 2018｜ 99 mins ｜DCP ｜ Colour ｜In Korean with English subtitles
This is an endearing story about two 14-year-old best friends who have been together since birth - sensitive and fragile Bo-hee, and sassy and tough Nok-yang. Bo-hee has been brought up by his single mother, who says his father is dead. Nok-yang’s mother died in labour, and has been with her grandmother and father since. One day, Bo-hee finds out that his father might actually be alive, so he sets out to find him, when Nok-yang, a cinephile, has the ambition to make her first movie on Bo-hee, “What if this film kicks ass, and I get invited to Cannes?” On the duo’s way of self-discovery, they meet new people, encounter cruel truths and pure affection, and grow up. What does it take to have a sense of belonging and unconditional love?
This debut feature by director Ahn Ju-young has been well-received by international critics and audiences. Her previous work has been nominated for a Blue Dragon Film Award, and has won the King of Comedy Prize at the Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the Daegu Independent Short Film Festival amongst other prizes.
Individual tickets: $80 / $64*
*20% discount for tickets for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities and the minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis.
*For each programme, 20% off for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.
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