Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2007 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project Taeback, Land of Embers
Category Dong-Eui Cinema Fund
Project Taeback, Land of Embers
Director KIM Young-Jo
Country Korea
Director's Profile After graduating from Kyungsung University with a major in Film, KIM Young-jo moved to Paris where he received his MFA in Film from the Universite de Paris VIII. In 2007 his feature documentary, "A Family Portrait" was invited to compete at the Marseille International Documentary Film Festival.
The once prosperous town of Cheul-Ahm perishes into a ghost town when the nearby mine is shut down. Past memories intertwine with present reality as people still work at the abandoned mine.
Director's Note
Due to the decline of coal mining and the coal industry’s rationalization policy, Cheol-Ahm has become one of the most deserted towns in the region. However, the lives of the people still living in this abandoned town continues despite economic hardships resulting from black lung disease and family separations. This documentary aims to understand the town’s reality in order to revive the cherished memories that were once forgotten but must now be remembered anew.
2008 Pusan International Film Festival - Wide Angle
Still Cut