Film fest sheds light on migrants‘ lives in European cities

Su Jin Jang, Oct. 11, 2016, 9:15 a.m.

In a Polish documentary “Kim Ki Dok,” filmmaker Patrick Yoka and journalist Jolanta Krysowata try to uncover the forgotten story behind the grave of 13-year-old girl Kim Ki-dok in Wroclaw, Poland, a country some 5,000 miles away from Kim’s birthplace of North Korea.

Organized by Seoul Museum of History and European Union National Institutes for Culture, this year’s EUNIC Film Festival, titled “Migrants in European Cities,” explores the history of the migrant crisis in Europe with films like “Kim Ki-dok.”

The event, which began on Oct. 1, opened with Italian director Gianfranco Rosi’s critically-acclaimed documentary “Fire at Sea,” which takes viewers to the frontline to the coast of the Sicilian island Lampedusa, where thousands of refugees from neighboring countries arrive every year, desparately seeking safety and a new start. 

On Oct. 15, the first of the remaining three sessions of the festival will screen Spanish filmmaker Jaime Rosales’ 2014 drama “Beautiful Youth” about a young couple victimized by the growing economic instability in modern-day Spain, and director Julie Bertuccelli’s 2013 documentary “School of Babel,” which features a French school designed for young immigrants to learn French and adapt to the country’s culture. 

The film festival will also introduce Swedish director Hannes Holm’s 2015 adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s novel “A Man Called Ove,” a heartwarming story about a widowed curmudgeon’s unlikely friendship with new young neighbors on the block, the following week. 

This year’s festival will close on Oct. 29 with the 45-minute-long “Kim Ki-duk,” followed by a panel discussion with officials from the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Seoul.

Held at the Seoul Museum of History, the film festival is currently taking place every Saturday until Oct. 29. Admission is free for all. 
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