From September 8-12, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne presents the 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia. The sole non-fiction film in the program of 15 titles is director Kim Cheol-Min’s The Reason Why I Step (Geo-reum-ui i-yu), which had its premiere at the Pusan festival in 2011. The film tells of popular reunification era folk musician Baek Ja, whose fleeting fame finds him questioning his place in the world.
According to the Asian Cinema Fund, Kim spent the decade following his 2002 university graduation deeply involved in recording human rights issues, and has made four short documentaries prior to The Reason Why I Step. Three years in the making, the film promises a close look at the development and place of contemporary culture in Korean society.
Information on ACMII’s 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia may be found here.
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