26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Kyungwon Song
original title: Jesa
country: United States, South Korea
year: 2019
running time: 6 min.


Jesa is a South Korean tradition honouring family ancestors. A glorious feast is offered to the deceased on the anniversary of the death. In this playful and delightful film the director dialogues with her family over Skype about traditions, gender roles and Korean History. The result is a gentle yet emblematic confrontation that unveils a lot about the contradiction and the transformations that South Korea must face.


Kyungwon Song is a Korean born independent animator currently based in LA. She is interested in non-fiction animation and her main medium is early film technique and stop-motion. Kyungwon directed a PSA for gender equality campaign of UN Women, HeForShe. Her film Object Dream got a Jury award in 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

more about film

director: Kyungwon Song
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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