In her senior year of high school, the director films herself and friends preparing for the college entrance exam. Despite becoming a college student, she still suffers from the anxiety she felt during her high school years. One day, she gets a call from her friend that she is not doing well in college. She decides to write to her friend.
Externally, Saving a Dragonfly is a record of depressing school days. Hong Daye writes a radical diary exposing the intimate wounds she suffered as a teenager. After showing the college entrance exam challenges from formal education and parental confrontations, the story focuses more on the period after high school. At twenty, the crumbling school erases the presence of friends simultaneously. What makes the film so intriguing is that it roughly portrays private experiences and unflinchingly reveals the usefulness—or uselessness—of friendships as an individual grows. In other words, the “event” of me-as-individual is interrupted—or suddenly disappeared—by another event of the friend-as-other. How can we embrace or feud with this? Where did all those friends go? Or were they my friends? That’s why Hong, who speaks as “I” throughout the film, seems less like an isolated ego and more like a marginal figure wavering in a circle of friends. Saving a Dragonfly extends the camera’s time after high school graduation, asking how her friends are doing, even when they don’t answer. [LEE Bora]
|2023-08-27 | 13:00 - 14:20
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Born in 1996. The director has ADHD and battles with life through making documentary films.