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Indie film fest casts critical look at Korean society

22 November 2010


Indie film fest casts critical look at Korean society

The 36th Seoul Independent Film Festival, hosted by the Association of Korea Independent Film & Video, will run from Dec. 9-17.

A competition film festival, SIFF features 44 domestic independent films that have been selected from 631 submissions.

Many of the selected films this year feature a shaded side of modern Korean society, such as the 2009 Yongsan tragedy, stories of problems with migrant workers, and young Koreans suffering due to high unemployment rates and a high-cost of education, the festival executive committee said.

Other notable feature films include Kim Gok and Kim Seon’s “Gas Mask,” (Bangdokmyeon) a piece about four characters surrounding a gas mask murderer which involves a politician who is hiding from him, a young, troubled girl who hopes to be killed by him, a super-hero wannabe who wants to capture him, and an American military officer whose Korean girl friend is murdered by him. Symbolizing politics in the murderer, the film spreads a message that no one can ever be free from the sets of ruling ideas dominating society.

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via The Korea Herald

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