Festivals accent trends in documentary, women’s filmmaking
The spring film festival season kicks off this year with two staples of the film festival scene, the 10th Seoul Independent Documentary Film and Video Festival (Sidof) and the 13th International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul.
Sidof got started yesterday at Lotte Cinema’s Hongik University branch. The 60 documentaries in the seven-day festival are organized into three sections: Sidof Choice, Sidof Focus and Asia Focus.
Sidof Choice aims to show the latest trends in documentary filmmaking. Of the 24 films screening this year, chief curator Ahn Jung-sook recommends “Love in Korea,” which is the opening film, and “No Name Stars.”
“Love in Korea” is the seventh film featuring Bangladeshi filmmaker Mahbub Alam. As the film starts, Alam is contacted by a Bangladeshi film crew with plans to produce a film in Korea.