University of Toronto Korea Week
2015 University of Toronto Korea Week – Film Screening and Post-Panel
The Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union (CASSU), in collaboration with the University of Toronto Korean Students’ Association (UTKSA), Consulate General of Korea in Toronto, the Centre for the Study of Korea (CSK), and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival present you the “Korean Canadians Behind the Screens: In Conversation with Albert Shin and Gloria Kim” event series as part of the larger celebration of the “2015 University of Toronto Korea Week”.
Day 1 – Film Screenings
Monday, October 26 | 7:00 PM | Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue
In Her Place | 115 min.| 2014| directed by Albert Shin
Inspired by Korean culture’s strong stigma against adoption In Her Place stars Kil Hae-Yeon and Ahn Ji-Hye as a mother and daughter living on a farm in Korea. When the teenage daughter becomes pregnant, a woman (Yoon Da-Kyung) arrives from Seoul to propose a secret adoption, conditional on her staying with them for the duration of the pregnancy so that she can hide the adoption when she returns to Seoul after the baby’s birth. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, garnered five nominations at the 3rd Canadian Screen Awards and won the Scotiabank Jay Scott Prize for an Emerging Artist at the 2014 Toronto Film Critic Association Award.
The Auction | 17 min. | 2010 | directed by Gloria Kim
It’s Christmas in Toronto, 1978. Eight-year-old Meehee Park longs for two things: to make her mother happy and to get a Cindy doll from Santa. While selling her toys at a shop, she comes across an auction that will pit her two greatest desires, leaving Meehee to make a difficult choice. A semi-autobiographical tale of immigrant dreams, The Auction is a poignant blend of narrative and director Gloria Ui Young Kim’s found family footage. The film screened in film festivals around North America and won the Lift & Fuji Award for Best Film at the 2010 Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival.
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Day 2 – Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 28 | 6:30 PM | Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place, Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs
Influenced by their upbringings as first or second-generation immigrants, Asian Canadian filmmakers and artists have foregrounded identity and belonging as a recurring theme in their work. In this panel and discussion, Korean Canadian filmmakers Albert Shin and Gloria Kim will share their experience of living and working in different cultural settings, and discuss how that has impacted their artistic vision and cinematic practice. As they extrapolate the identities of fictional characters on screen, what have they learned about their own?
Moderator: Jane Kim, Filmmaker and Programmer
Panelists: Albert Shin, Director of In Her Place & Gloria Ui Young Kim , Writer and Director of The Auction
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