November 17, 2010 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Asia Society Washington, The Cinnabar Room, Whittemore House, 2nd Flr. 1526 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20036 Washington, DC
Asia Society Members: $12, nonmembers: $15. RSVPs are required by 12:00 pm on November 16.
Film screening and discussion with the director Min Sook Lee
Canada, 2008, 78 minutes)
Few films explore the story of Korean reunification, as the news media is mainly preoccupied with the security issue and bypasses the impact of division on average Koreans. This new documentary by Korean-Canadian filmmaker Min Sook Lee sheds light on the latter, exploring the rhetoric and realism of reunification through the extraordinary stories of ordinary families.
To search for both the real and symbolic 'Tiger Spirit' of Korea, Lee has launched an amazing journey along the Koreas' border, where she encounters a wild-eyed tiger hunter, a courageous woman who defected from the North years ago, a young bus guide whose job is to shuttle workers across the DMZ border, and many hopeful families dreaming of the day they can see their lost loved ones again. With unprecedented access and never before seen footage of North Korea's industrial zone and state-sanctioned reunification centers, Lee brings an emotion-charged journey into Korea's broken heart.
The film has won Gemini's Donald Brittain Award (Canada) for Best Social/ Political Documentary Program.
Watch the trailer:
Director Min Sook Lee is an award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries have screened at major festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs. Her award-winning feature documentaries include El Contrato, (Caesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award), Hogtown: The Politics of Policing (Best Feature-Length Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs 2005), Tiger Spirit, Badge of Pride, and My Toxic Baby. She is also co-creator of the sitcom series She's the Mayor.
This event is sponsored by the Korea Foundation.
Asian refreshments will be served.