The Girl from the South
English, Spanish and Korean with English subtitles
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: José Luis García Executive Producer: Gabriel Kameniecki Screenplay: José Luis García, Jorge Goldenberg Editors: Alejandra Almirón, Alejandro Carrillo Penovi, José Luis García Composer: Axel Krygier Principal Cast: Lim Su-kyung, Alejandro Kim
In 1989, just three weeks after the Tiananmen Square massacre, José Luis García attended the World Festival of Youth and Students in Pyongyang, North Korea. He documented the event with a VHS camera, inspired by the presence of Lim Su-Kyung, a student activist from Seoul who was boldly speaking out in favour of the peaceful reunification of North and South Korea. Su-Kyung created a further stir by announcing that she would cross the Panmunjom military border on foot, an act that would put her in danger of imprisonment or even death. Twenty years later, García returns to South Korea to find out what has become of this heroine of his youth.
A raw, often funny and ultimately poignant point-of-view documentary in which García charts the story of his uniquely difficult filmmaking process.
The Globe and Mail
En 1989, José Luis García, asistió a un encuentro mundial de la juventud en Pyongyang, Corea del Norte. En medio apareció una chica de Corea del Sur partidaria de la reunificación de las dos Coreas y cuya presencia produjo el efecto de un cataclismo cuando la joven mujer anunció que cruzaría la frontera militarizada entre las dos Coreas, un acto que por sí solo, la pondría en la cárcel o incluso implicaba su muerte. Veinte años después el director viaja a Corea del Sur para averiguar qué ha sido de esta joven.
José Luis García was born in Buenos Aires in 1965. After many years working as a director of photography, he directed the award-winning documentary Cándido López: The Battlefields (2005). His second feature documentary, The Girl from the South, won the Audience Award and Special Jury Mention at BAFICI and had its international premiere at TIFF.