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Jonathan Lee

Asia Premiere

How To Make Kimchi (or How To Be Korean)

如何做泡菜(或如何当一个韩国人)

Netherlands, USA
English, Korean
2021
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如何做泡菜(或如何当一个韩国人)并不是一部简单的关于如何制作泡菜的电影。这部影片将档案影像和私人影像交织在一起,以家庭为依托,通过这一参照点,过去在朝鲜战争的影像中被探索,被和解,国籍的概念被质疑和探究。成为韩国人意味着什么?成为美国人又意味着什么?当我的父母去世后,我是否会失去与韩国人的所有联系?
在与这些问题的博弈中,作品将民间故事,家庭对话和过去拼接在一起,希望用一种开放的诚实和爱来找到关于身份认同的答案。

How To Make Kimchi (or How To Be Korean) is incidentally not a film about how to make kimchi. Weaving together archives and intimate homemade footage the piece rests itself on the anchor of family. Through this anchor point the past is explored and reconciled with imagery from the Korean War and ideas of nationality are questioned and probed. What does it mean to be Korean? What does it mean to be American? Will I lose all my connection to my Koreanness when my parents pass?
Wrestling with these questions, the piece acts as a patchwork, picking up and stitching together folk tales, family dialogue, and the past, hoping with an open honesty and love to find answers to the question of belonging.

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