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Home Ground

KWON Aram

  • South Korea
  • 2022
  • 78 min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color, b&w

SYNOPSIS

In the 1970s, “Chanel” in Myeongdong was a secret hideout for Butches and Femmes. In 1996, lesbian youths opened Korea’s first lesbian bar called “LesVos.” In the early 2000s, queer teenagers seeking a community gathered in a small park in Sinchon, Seoul. Even after 20 years, Myungwoo keeps running LesVos, but the number of customers visiting the bar has dwindled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Can Myungwoo keep LesVos alive? 

PROGRAM NOTE

The documentary Home Ground explores the history of the lesbian community, spanning from the famous Chanel Tearoom in Myeongdong in the 1970s to Sinchon Park in the early 2000s and LesVos in Itaewon today. The camera starts by following the daily life of Myuongwoo, the caretaker of LesVos, then moves through various queer spaces, including the notable figure Kokji from Chanel Tearoom, to capture the lives of those who have passed through such spaces and the stories of all individuals fighting for the lives and support of sexual minorities.
These places provide a sense of acceptance in a society that may not welcome them, constantly reminding them that they are not abnormal, addressing them as bros instead of aunties, and being there to share the pain of someone’s loss. Home Ground goes beyond being just places that serve drinks and snacks; it is a documentary that makes us consider how preserving spaces like Lesbos, the home ground for sexual minorities, has supported and sustained the lives of many. Maintaining such areas may be like a thread constantly connecting individuals to society, a helping hand to prevent isolation, and an ongoing effort to preserve intangible histories that might not otherwise be recorded. [LEE Seona, Cinefemme]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
210 2023-08-26 | 13:00 - 14:18 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 1 GV
423 2023-08-28 | 20:00 - 21:18 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5

Director

  • KWON Aram

    Kwon Aram co-directed For the Invisible (2013), a documentary that chronicled the transition of a MTF transgendered person, and directed Queer room (2018), the film about a private space for LGBTQ. In 2018, She also directed 463 – Poem of the Lost, a documentary about Thailand’s Japanese military comfort women brothels. Kwon is interested in documenting the memories of minorities behind the city.

Credit

  • Producer강현아 KANG Hyunah
  • Cast 윤김명우, 최옥진, 윤 수, 전해성 YOONKIM Myong-woo, CHOI Okjin, YOUN Soo, JEON Haeseong
  • Screenwriter 권아람, 이동경, 강현아 KWON Aram, LEE Dong-kyung, KANG Hyunah
  • Cinematographer 손경화 SON Kyung-hwa
  • Editor 권아람 KWON Aram

CONTACT

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