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Anthropology museum hosts Korean film series


December 11, 2008

In conjunction with the exhibit “Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World,” the Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology will sponsor a Korean film series in January and February.    

The series will feature four films that examine different aspects of Korean culture. Each one will be screened at 7 p.m. at Reynolda House Museum of American Art and will be followed by a film discussion with a guest speaker.  The films are open to the public, but the themes are intended for mature audiences.  Admission is free.

Jan. 22            “Festival/Chukje”  NR

A bittersweet portrait of traditional and modern Korean values.  Directed by Im Kwon-Taek, the film centers around Lee Jun-Seop, a famous writer who returns to his hometown to attend his mother’s funeral.  Dialogue is Korean with English subtitles.  Post-film discussion features Charlotte Horlyck, lecturer in the history of Korean Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University. 

Jan. 29            “Never Forever” R

A look at the complex relationships and cultural values of Koreans.  Directed by Gina Kim, the film illustrates the extreme measures a Korean-American wife will take in order to become pregnant.  Dialogue is English and Korean with subtitles.  Post-film discussion features local Korean American Sarah Jeong. 

Feb. 5              “My Father” NR

Based on a true story.  Directed by Dong Hyeuk, the film is about an adopted son who is searching for his biological parents in South Korea.  Dialogue is English and Korean with subtitles.  Post-film discussion features local Korean adoptee Amelia Zakour.   

Feb. 12            “Between” NR

A documentary that delves into the lives of Korea’s modern-day shamans and the centuries-old culture from which they evolved.  Directed by Lee Chank-Jae, the film follows 28 year-old In-hi as she visits a shaman in search of a cure for her inexplicable paralysis.  Dialogue is Korean with English subtitles.  Post-film discussion features Laurel Kendall, curator of Asian ethnography at the American Museum of Natural History.

For more information, call (336) 758-5282 or e-mail moa@wfu.edu or visit the Museum of Anthropology Web site at www.wfu.edu/moa.

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