The Journals of Musan 무산일기

The Journal of Musan

Directed by Park Jungbum. Released South Korea 2011.

Canberra Screening Date/Time/Venue

20 March 5:30 PM

ANU Coombs Theatre

http://campusmap.anu.edu.au/largemap.asp

Sydney Screenings Date/Time/Venue 

21 March 5:30 PM

Sydney Cheil Church

Address:  Cnr of Sydney St. & Concord Rd, Concord NSW 2137

www.sydneycheil.org

22 March 5:20 PM

University of Sydney, Old Geology Lecture Theatre (next to Footbridge Theater, enter from the footbridge near Ross St. and Parramatta Rd.)

http://cce.sydney.edu.au/room/390

 

by Markus Bell

The Journals of Musan (무산 일기) is a film produced, directed, written and starred in by South Korean director Park Jungbum (박정범) in 2011. Park has said in interviews that he based the main character, Seung-Chul (승철) on a North Korean friend he met while at university.

The film highlights several important themes concerning the lives of North Korean refugees. Firstly, that arrival in South Korea is not the end of their struggle to find safety and security; Seung-Chul is a character with few friends, no stable employment and few, if any prospects. Secondly, for many North Koreans in the South, connections back home are maintained with information and money sent via brokers in China; Seung-Chul’s friend, Kyung-Chol, has an uncle in China through whom other North Korean refugees send money to their families. Thirdly, that ignorance is at the root of much of the prejudice that exists against North Koreans; throughout the film, South Koreans are portrayed as having little or no understanding of the situation of North Koreans living in South Korea.

For those without an understanding of the complex and highly politicized issues surrounding North Koreans in South Korea, this film may leave them with more questions than answers, perhaps no bad thing. Nevertheless, The Journals of Musan is important in that, for the first time, the South Korean public is offered a window into the lives of a few of the 24,000 North Koreans residing in South Korea, many of whom have been through indescribable hardships to arrive in their new home.

It is my hope that this film represents the beginnings of a new field of work, in scholarly circles, the film industry and beyond, that shed light on the lives of North Korean refugees, and act as a starting point for encouraging mutual understanding between these new arrivals and the host society.

 

Canberra Screening Date/Time/Venue:

20 March 17:30

ANU Coombs Theatre

http://campusmap.anu.edu.au/largemap.asp

Sydney Screenings Date/Time/Venue: 

21 March 17:30

Sydney Cheil Church

Address:  Cnr of Sydney St. & Concord Rd, Concord NSW 2137

www.sydneycheil.org

22 March 17:20

University of Sydney, Old Geology Lecture Theatre (next to Footbridge Theater, enter from the footbridge near Ross St. and Parramatta Rd.)

http://cce.sydney.edu.au/room/390

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