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Title: The Remnants 공동정범
Directors: Kim Il-rhan, Lee Hyuk-sang
Genre: Documentary
Production: Korea 2016
Running time: 116 min (panel and open Q&A will follow screening)
Doors Open: 2:15pm
Screening Starts: 2:30pm

*Open to Public; Tickets are free of charge

In January 20, 2009, a commercial building in Yongsan, a central district of Seoul, South Korea, erupted into flames. It was during a police crackdown of the building’s tenants-turned-evictees who were staging a protest against the redevelopment of the neighbourhood by occupying the building. During the fire, five protesters and one police officer died. In the aftermath of the tragedy, a heated debate ensued over who was accountable for the deaths – a debate that unfolded in courtrooms, in parliament, and on the streets. The Remnants 공동정범 follows the life of the evictees, who were incarcerated on a charge of the death of the policeman, raising questions about state violence, urban space, and democratic citizenship. Today, 9 years since the Yongsan tragedy, we hope this showing of the documentary the Remnants and the discussion with Min Sook Lee (documentary filmmaker and academic) and Jesook Song (urban anthropologist of Korea) will help us think through these important questions.

Hosted by the Centre for Study of Korea (CSK) at the University of Toronto, this event is co-sponsored by Hope21: Korean Progressive Network in Canada, Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF), the Department of Sociology, and the Cinema Studies Student Union (CINSSU) at the University of Toronto.

Min Sook Lee has directed numerous critically-acclaimed feature documentaries, including: Donald Brittain Gemini winner Tiger Spirit, Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature winner Hogtown, Gemini nominated El Contrato and Canadian Screen Award winner, The Real Inglorious Bastards and most recently, Canadian Hillman Prize winner Migrant Dreams. Lee is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award, and the Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance. Lee is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University, her area of research and practice focuses on the critical intersections of art+social change in labour, border politics, migration and social justice movements.

Jesook Song is Professor of Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She is an urban anthropologist with interests in housing, finance, welfare, labor, gender, and sexuality. Her first book, South Koreans in the Debt Crisis (Duke University Press, 2009) deals with homelessness and youth unemployment during the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s to early millennium. Her second book Living On Their Own (SUNY Press, 2014) is about single household and informal financial markets through single women’s struggle in South Korea.

Film Notes for The Remants (공동정범)

LOGLINE

No country for the shattered lives of the survivors of state violence.

SYNOPSIS

In October 2015, evicted residents who had been previously imprisoned on a controversial charge of killing a police officer assembled for the first time after the Yongsan Disaster six years ago. They had occupied a watchtower protesting against unreasonable redevelopment policies and against the violent suppression used by riot police in the first 25 hours of their sit-in demonstration. Their colleagues had died from a fire, the causes of which are unknown, and they became criminals. Their delight in meeting again lasts only briefly. The ‘comrades’ exchange cruel words while blaming each other

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

In 2009, a fire broke out during an unprepared and immediate suppression and took the lives of five tenants and one SWAT member. Two Doors, the previous work, strived to reconstruct the truth of this incident from the police officers’ perspective and drew audiences totaling seventy six thousand, a record-breaking success as a Korean independent documentary film. It subsequently directed the filmmakers to make a follow-up work from the evictees’ point of view. This film, The Remnants, revisits the bare face of the state violence through the shattered lives of the survivors.

STAFF

Director: Il-rhan Kim, Hyuk-sang Lee
Producer: Il-rhan Kim, Hyuk-sang Lee
Cinematography: Hyuk-sang Lee
Editing: Il-rhan Kim, Hyuk-sang Lee
Sound designer: Yong-soo Pyo
Music: Eui-kyoung Choi

CAST

Ju-hwan Kim, Chang-su Kim, Chung-yeon Lee, Seok-jun Ji, Ju-seok Chun

FUND

2014 The 6th DMZ Korean International Film Festival
- DMZ Docs Best Korean Project
2014 Incheon Docs Port
- Best Korean Project and SJM Cultural Foundation Fund

FESTIVALS/AWARDS

2016 The 8th DMZ Korean International Film Festival
- Best Korean Documentary Award and Audience Award
2016 The 21st Busan International Film Festival
2016 42nd Seoul Independent Film Festival
– Excellence Award
2017 The 5th Muju Film Festival
– Audience Award
2017 The 4th Chunchon International Documentary Film Festival
– the grand prize

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Pinks: Solidarity for Sexual Minority Cultures & Human Rights is the non-profit NGO’s for sexual minority cultures in Korea, since its foundation in 2003, has broadened social awareness of minorities by producing various documentaries.

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