Weekly SEOUL: 5th DMZ Korea International Documentary Film Festival





Oct 17, 2013 / Issue No. 602
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5th DMZ Korea International Documentary Film Festival
Peace, life and communication of DMZ
The DMZ, which represents our state of armistice, is a place where we realize the true value of “peace” and ‘communication.” We sometimes tend to forget about these values. This is the reason for having this documentary festival in the DMZ.
Through the power of documentary, we will again realize the value of peace in the space of DMZ. The DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival is where the space of possibility(DMZ) meets the film of possibility (documentary). Through this encounter, you will be able to experience an unlimited expansion of your values.
This year’s festival will feature 119 films from 38 nations. This year’s opening film is director Park Chan-kyong’s “Mansin,” an exploration of Korean shamanism through the life of famed Korean shaman Kim Geum-hwa. Unlike the majority of the films, this one will open at the former US base of Camp Greaves in Paju (invitation only).
VENUE: Goyang, Gyeonggi-do: Lafesta (Lotte Cinema, Special Stage), Lake Park
PERIOD: Oct 17—23
TICKET PRICES, SCHEDULE, LOCATIONS: See website here.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
– Interesting lectures at Harvard on architecture and colonial Korea.
– Some folk apparently think Busker Busker’s Bradley Moore disparaged Korea in a recent interview.
– A North Korean chef is looking to broaden the scope of hansik.
– Koreans are island-hopping by bike.
– Photographer Kim Sungjin goes to Boseong.
Events
Zipline and Apple Festival
Join the travel group WinK on a trip to lovely Mungyong Saejae Provincial Park to enjoy the annual Mungyeong Apple Festival. As an added bonus, there will by zipling afterwards.
VENUE: Mungyeong, Gyeongsangbuk-do
DATE: Oct. 20
ADMISSION: KRW 83,000
MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/groups/wheninkorea/
MEETING PLACE: Yangjae Station 양재역 (Line 3)
The Birds – Aristophanes Trilogy
Writer Yun Jo-byeong and director Yun Si-jung show that Greek playwright Aristophanes’ comedy “The Birds” is as relevant to Korean society as it was to ancient Greece.
VENUE: Baek Seonghui & Jang Minho Theater
PERIOD: Oct 22–11.3
ADMISSION: KRW 15,000–30,000
MORE INFO: T. 1688-5966, www.ntck.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Seoul Station (Line 1, 4, Airport, Gyeongui) Seobu Station Exit
Grand Mint Festival 2013
Back for its seventh year, this year’s festival has a lineup of 60 artsits over two days, including 10cm, The Flaming Lips, Yun Ha, the HIATUS, Dead End, Jaurim, THE BAWDIES, DayBreak, and Dear Cloud. Five stages will be set up, each one dedicated to music of different genres: Mint Breeze Stage, Club Midnight Sunset, Hall of Fame, Loving Forest Garden, and Cafe Blossom House.
VENUE: Olympic Park
PERIOD: Oct 19–20
ADMISSION: KRW 88,000 (1 day)
MORE INFO: www.grandmintfestival.com
GETTING THERE: Mongchontoseong Station 몽촌토성역 (Line 8), Exit 1
Complete Pansori Performance: Chunhyangga
Pansori master Choe Seung-hee will be performing the Jeong Jeong-nyeol version of the pansori favorite Chunhyangga, a classical tale of love.
VENUE: National Theater of Korea
DATE: Oct 19
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-2280-4114, www.ntok.go.kr
GETTING THERE: Dongguk Univ. Station 동대입구 (Line 3), Exit 2. [Map 5, B2]
13th Seoul International NewMedia Festival
The Seoul International NewMedia Festival (NeMaf) defines itself thusly:
One, NeMaf are with those who consider other people as one with ourselves.Two, NeMaf firmly believe that everyone is an artist playing with new media arts. Three, NeMaf dreams of the world where the individuality of everyone is respected. Four, NeMaf places itself squarely against the uniformity of popular culture, preferring resistance and cultural difference.
As a new media art festival of alternative video, the Seoul International NewMedia Festival was launched in 2000 as an indie video festival. NeMaf has since been destorying the boundaries between video and art with creative energy and passion. It is dedicated to introducing new media art works that offer new imaginations and new uses for art and media, aiming to discover artists with potential and support them with the belief that everyone can be a new media artist. The festival is highly interactive, encouraging communication between artists and audiences.
Included on the program is Saturday Night Special, in which Martyn Thompson, Da-yeon Kim, and Matt Gale show new video art at an outdoor theater in front of Hongik University from 7 to 7:30pm, Oct 19.
VENUE: Seoul Art Cinema, Media Theater iGong, Seoul Art Space Seogyo, Gallery Sup and around Hongik University
PERIOD: Oct 16–25
MORE INFO: http://www.nemaf.net
RASKB: Exploring the Eastern Sections of the Seoul Fortress Wall
During this excursion, participants will walk along eastern sections of the Seoul Fortress Wall and explore several neighborhoods along the edges of the wall. The excursion will begin at the Hyehwamun near the Hanseong University Station. From there, we walk along the wall heading south, stopping at Naksan Park. At the park, participants will make a short detour to visit Jangsu Village, a troubled “redevelopment district” that has sponsored several public art projects. Continuing south along the wall, participants make another detour to visit public art projects in Ihwa-dong, before coming to the end of this section of the wall at Honginjimun (Dongdaemun). The villages offer interesting insight into efforts to revive older neighborhoods in Korean cities.
DATE: Oct 20
VENUE: Seoul
COST: KRW 25,000 (members), KRW 20,000 (non-members)
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Everyday Koreans
Uiamho Lake, Chuncheon

Sunrise at a smoky Uiamho Lake, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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