Soon-Mi Yoo’s Songs from the North, winner of the the prestigious Golden Leopard for Best First Feature at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, screened this past Monday as part of FIT’s WOMEN BEHIND THE LENS series.

“Interweaving footage from the director’s three visits to North Korea with songs, spectacle, popular cinema and archival footage, Songs from the North takes a different look at this enigmatic country typically seen through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and derisive satire.” (via IMDB)


(from left to right: Jean Amato, William Mooney, and Soon-Mi discuss the film)

After the screening Soon-Mi took the stage with FIT faculty members Jean Amato and William Mooney for an illuminating Q&A where Soon-Mi discussed her interest, as a South Korean, in honestly exploring the ways in which North Koreans experience day-to-day life, free of the satirical framings in which the country is usually depicted. She also discussed the low-profile she had to keep while shooting her film in North Korea, which included shooting the film herself on an easily concealed DSLR.

This Monday (3/16), THE OWLS by Cheryl Dunye will be the next film screening in the WOMEN BEHIND THE LENS series at 6:30PM in room D207.


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