ACF Asian Cinema Fund

Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund

2009 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

LIST The Border City 2
Category Distribution Support Fund
Project The Border City 2
Director HONG Hyungsook
Country Korea
Director's Profile Born in 1962, Hong Hyungsook began her film career as a documentary filmmaker in 1987, producing such labor-issue oriented work as [Battle Line] and [54 Days of that Summer]. She received the Best Documentary Award at the 1st Seoul Documentary Film and Video Festival with her [Doomealee], [A New School is Opening]. Her next film, [On-Line: an Inside View of Korean Independent Film], a documentary on the anguish and self reflective nature of Korean independent filmmakers, was invited to both Berlin and Amsterdam Film Festival. The recipient of Best Korean Documentary Award at the 3rd BIFF with her [Reclaiming Our Names].
2003, Song Du-yul, a philosophy professor, decided to go back to his homeland after spending thirty-seven years in Germany. Within a week after crossing the border, his reputation fell from a respected global political figure to an infamous communist spy. During a five-year-long trial, he was arrested and held in custody. This throws Korean society into turmoil and brings a big conflict between the Conservative and the Progressive. The filmmaker calmly contemplates this long period of the incident in detail and depicts a society with an indifferent manner. The story builds through an accretion of whimsical facts and it sometimes brings up uncomfortable truths which will irritate viewers. This film is a camera inside of us that evokes what viewers may have tried to forget.
Director's Note
2009 Busan International Film Festival - Wide Angle
2009 DMZ International Documentary Film Festival - Audience Award
2009 Seoul International Film Festival - Best Documentary Award
2010 HK International Film Festival - Documentary Competition
2011 EBS International Documentary Festival - Korean Docs Panorama
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