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Sura: A Love Song

HWANG Yun

  • South Korea
  • 2022
  • 108min
  • G
  • DCP
  • color

SYNOPSIS

A filmmaker, a citizen scientist and his son set out on a journey to protect Sura, the last tidal flat in danger of being destroyed due to the US military base expansion and new airport construction. Trying to find the evidence of life of protected species in Sura, they hope to hear a little bird singing and see the tidal flat full of life again.

PROGRAM NOTE

Sura: A Love Song unravels various materials and stylistic characteristics that could be framed as a documentary: nature, society, observation, reportage, engagement, and history. It starts with a clear video and sound of many tidal flat organisms from the West Sea which were even listed on the end credit such as Milky fiddler crab. And there are people who record them and make them into an archive. One of them is the director Hwang Yun. She thoroughly narrates her life that has suffered since the Saemangeum Embankment water barrier construction finished in 2006 and the international “New Cold War” era, where development-centric national violence and the U.S. Army relocation over the tidal flat. On the other side, there are Oh Dong-pil, Oh Seung-jun, and The Citizens'  Survey Group on Saemangeum. Perhaps calling would be a better word for them, who committed the sin of "witnessing the beauty" of the tidal flat that caused them to make an effort for its recovery. The beauty is "impossible to encompass with a single frame," so Sura: A Love Song captures them with close-up, high-speed, and airplane shots with a carefully designed sound to deliver them. The film urges the audience to take responsibility for "witnessing the beauty" together that miraculously "Sura tidal flat" still exists as a saltwater swamp, but it is now facing the threat of landfill, construction of a new airport, and the enormous risks that these will cause. [LEE Yumi]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
312 2023-08-27 | 13:00 - 14:48 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 3 GV

Director

  • HWANG Yun

    Majored in English literature at Ewha Women’s University.She has pioneered an unprecedented path in Korean documentary cinema that deals with the relationship between humans and non-humans, and life. Yoon’s first feature length documentary, Farewell (2001), a film about the lives of tigers in zoos, was invited to numerous film festivals, including the Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. It also won Woonpa Award at the BIFF, Awards of Excellence of New Asian Currents at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Grand Prize at the Seoul Intl. Eco Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the Seoul Independent Film Festival. Her filmography includes Silent Forest (2004), One Day on the Road (2006), An Omnivorous Family’s Dilemma (2015) and Chicken in the Square in the omnibus film Candle in the Wave (2017).

Credit

  • Producer김성환, KIM Sung-hwan
  • Cast 황윤, 오동필, 오승준 HWANG Yun, OH Dong-pil, OG Seung-jun
  • Screenwriter 황윤 Yun HWANG
  • Cinematographer 김정근, 황윤, 김성환, 신임호, 부성필, 선환영 KIM Jeong-keun, HWANG Yun, KIM Sung-hwan, SHIN Im-ho, BU Sung-pil, SUN Hwan-young
  • Editor 김형남, 김성환, 황윤 KIM Hyung-nam, KIM Sung-hwan, HWANG Yun
  • Score 이호석 LEE Ho-seok

CONTACT

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