Indie film examines Gwangju survivors
Quality independent films have been steadily luring moviegoers to the theaters over the past several months. Starting with “Re-encounter” in February, then “Bleak Night” in March, attention has now turned to “The Journals of Musan,” which is still in theaters.
With their diverse stories – a young romance, teenage angst, the struggles of a defector – the films are evidence of the Korean indie film industry’s maturation, moving the hearts of audiences in the process.
Hoping to continue the winning streak, “No Name Stars” was released yesterday. Even before its release, the 104-minute documentary received attention after being chosen the best film at the 36th Seoul Independent Film Festival last December.
The documentary, directed by Kim Tae-il, tells the story of what came of those involved in the Gwangju Democratization Movement on May 18, 1980.