Local Expat Shorts

Films made by expats living in Korea

Us And Them: Korean Indie Rock Band In a K-Pop World

Timothy R. Tangherlini | U.S.A. | English, Korean | 39:56

Sat, September 10  | 2 p.m. – 4p.m. | Deutsche Schule- C3

Sat, September 10  | 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. | Deutsche Schule C3

In a time when K-Pop dominates the airwaves, Korean Indie musicians are making music that breaks out of this corporate mold. Bands like Crying Nut and the Geeks are re-imagining the boundaries of punk rock, while bands like …Whatever that Means and The RockTigers are putting their own Korean inflections on forms as diverse as garage and psychobilly. This documentary takes you on a trip to the Hongdae neighborhood of Seoul and some of the underground clubs that challenge K-Pop hegemony. It also follows several of the bands as they embark on US tours. Filmed in Korea and the US, the documentary is a followup to Epstein and Tangherlini’s earlier ‘Our Nation: A Korean Punk Rock Community’.

Charlie, Charlie

Matt Root | Korea | Korean | 10:30

Fri, September 9  | 8:15 p.m. – 10p.m. | EMU Art Center

Sun, September 11  | 2 p.m. 3:30 p.m. | Deutsche Schule C2

“Charlie, Charlie are you here?”
These are the words that changed the life of Young-min as her torment from an evil spirit begins.

Orphans [A Requiem]

Joel Elliott | Canada | English | 31:20

Sat, September 10  | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Deutsche Schule- C2

Sun, September 11  | 8:15 p.m. – 10p.m. | Deutsche Schule Courtyard

While researching migratory birds in Cheorwon, South Korea, along the de-militarized zone that separates the North and the South, I came across a woman whose house was full of photographs from the other side of the border.

A mix of historical documentary and fiction, ‘Orphans [a requiem]’ presents rarely seen glimpses of North Korean life. It’s about the sometimes hidden trauma and forgotten casualties of the Korean War, and the birds that seem to echo that history across the peninsula.

Like a B1

Yann Kerloc’h | Korea | Korean and French | 15 minutes

Fri, Sept 9  | 8:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | EMU Art Cinema

Sun, Sept 11  | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Deutsche Schule C2

In Seoul, a Korean girl is passing the french oral exam DELF, but the examiner’s questions lead her to speak about her difficult family story. Her low level of french gets worse with the stress, and unconsciously, she starts to express herself with gestures in front of a puzzled examiner.

Expat Die

Jason Lee | U.S.A. | Korean | 09:08

Fri, Sept 9  | 8:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | EMU Art Cinema

Sun, Sept 11  | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Deutsche Schule C2

“Point of view” thriller about you, the co-star, kidnapped by a fed up and twisted Korean.

Family

Seung-Hyun Chong | Korea | Korean | 22:34

Fri, Sept 9  | 8:10 p.m. – 10: p.m. | EMU Art Center

Sun, Sept 11  | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Deutsche Schule C2

Kim, a man in his late seventies, lives alone in an apartment in the outskirts of Seoul. His life changes dramatically, when he’s offered a chance to see his North Korean brother after more than sixty years.

Freedom Swimmers

Gavin Huang | U.S.A. | Chinese, English | 20:00

Fri, Sept 9  | 8:15 p.m. – 10: p.m. | EMU Art Center

Sun, Sept 11  | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Deutsche Schule C2

FREEDOM SWIMMERS follows the personal journey of a second-generation Chinese American as he discovers his family’s remarkable immigration story, one they kept secret for decades. Archives and interviews slowly reveal that from the 1950s to ’70s, during Communist China’s most tumultuous years, his family was one of millions who fled the country by swimming to the British colony of Hong Kong. Why did they do it, and was the risk ultimately worth it?

Sex Makes It More Important

Aaron Lee Dowell | U.S.A. | Chinese, English | 10:50

Sat, Sept 10  | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Deutsche Schule C2

Sun, Sept 11  | 8:15 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Deutsche Schule Courtyard

An outlier struggles to understand why his relationship with his best friend has taken a back seat to his newfound romantic relationship.

Warm-Blooded Killer

Pablo Fuentes Gómez | Korea | English | 14:08

Sat, Sept 10  | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Deutsche Schule C2

Sun, Sept 11  | 8:15 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Deutsche Schule Courtyard

The story follows an unconventional assassin on a job that changes how he views his life and career. A dark comedy about a killer, death and a fish.

The Bridge

Yana Lekarska | Bulgaria | Korean | 18:33

Sat, Sept 10  | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Deutsche Schule- C2

Sun, Sept 11  | 8:15 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Deutsche Schule Courtyard

It is one of those days when everything seems hopeless. Just then a stranger enters So-Ri’s life and he seems to know all her secret fears, doubts and hopes. Unable to stop herself So-Ri follows him to a place from which there might be no coming back…

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