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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Over me

Over me

director: Chang-jae Lim
country: South Korea
year: 1996
running time: 18 min.

synopsis

The romance between a woman and a dead man from her dream speaks in hints and a poetic visual shorthand. Windows, walls, doors, and railroad tracks signify the impossibility of blending reality and the subconscious. Only through the medium of film can a bridge be built between the realms of the living and the dead and allow the lovers to meet in a lyrical blend of their images.

biography

Im Chang-jae (1964) studied theology and film theory in South Korea. He made his debut with the short film Org (1994). His feature films include Unborn but Forgotten (2002), Hyunsoo Story (2013) and Beyond the Blue (2016). He is the executive director of the Association of Korean Independent Film & Video.

more about film

director: Chang-jae Lim

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Important Towns in Korea

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section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
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Swing Diary
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Swing Diary

Nan Lee
South Korea / 1996 / 13 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
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robinson or me (From the Far East)

Seouongh Cho
South Korea / 1996 / 11 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
noimage
Following the modernization and industrialization of the country and the adoption of the Western model, Japan turned to annexed territory to cover the lack of resources on its own soil. Under the rule of the Japanese Empire, Korea thus became a stockpile of human labor and livestock.
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Livestock Industry of Korea

South Korea / 1924 / 7 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
Factory Complex
Workers in Asian textile factories, flight attendants, and call center workers represent generations of mothers and daughters who have experienced the onset of neo-liberalism first-hand since the 1970s. Under the control of giants such as Samsung and Daewoo, they come to know the flip side of the dream of prosperity, which is also reflected in the surrealist René Magritte's Kiss of Lovers. The pair have their heads tangled in cloth, much like the heroines of the film, representing global blindness, and raises the question of whether only the exploited Third World workers are blind, or customers of e-shops and branded stores in the west as well.   “At the beginning of my career, I felt like a researcher, activist, social worker, or educator. Now I feel more like a funeral home employee.” Im Heung-soon
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Factory Complex

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section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
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section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
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section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
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I Am a Truck

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section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
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Wet Dream

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section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
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An Escalator in World Order

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section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
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Butterfly

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section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
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Global Groove

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