Korean Movie Night: Grandmother’s Flower

When:Tuesday October 12, 2010
Where:Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street
Manhattan, NY

The Korean Culture Society continues its Free Korean Movie Night with a Free Screening of Grandmother’s Flower.

Synopsis of Grandmother’s Flower:

It’s one of the most astonishing documentaries about modern day Korea ever made, but when it begins this documentary sounds terrible. Director Mun Jeong-Hyun is pressured into making a doc about his grandmother, and he’s convinced there’s no story there, but when he discovers a secret cache of his greatuncle’s incomprehensible journals he begins to pull on the threads of his family history, and everything unravels. Ultimately lifting the lid off his peaceful hometown of Naju, he reveals a hair raising history of conflict between intellectual left wingers and working class right wingers who have been at each other’s throats since the Japanese occupation. A harrowing family saga, it begins with torture, persecution and secret executions and it ends with self-mutilation, decades of discrimination, threats against the filmmaker, and a family exiled over three countries. A searing look at what history has done to the Korean people, this is the kind of documentary that keeps upping the ante, finding new realms of pain and suffering to inflict as history has its way with its victims

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