Vancouver Latin American Film Fest offers Asian content
For obvious reasons, Asian content probably doesn't immediately come to mind when you think about attending this year's Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. Nonetheless, there are Asian-related offerings in the mix to check out.
Among the selections is The Girl From the South (September 6), a documentary about Korean reunification. Argentine filmmaker José Luis García attended the World Festival of Youth and Students in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 1989.
There, he filmed Seoul peace activist Lim Su-Kyung who became a sensation for attending the event (which took place three weeks after the Tiananmen Square massacre) without permission from the South Korean government.
As if that wasn't enough, she then stirred up even more controversy when she attempted to cross the Panmunjom border from North to South Korea on foot.
Consequently, she was charged with violating the National Security Act.
Twenty years later, García returned to find out what became of Lim, who was also became known as the Flower of Reunification.
Two other VLAFF titles offer Japanese-related content.
In the documentary Inori (September 7), Pedro González-Rubio captures how the urban world is eroding rural ways of life in the mountain village of Kannogawa, Japan, through poetic images.
The exodus of younger generations from the community has left an aging population to quietly continue their daily rhythms, one that is soon to vanish.
Meanwhile in the documentary Nikkei (September 7), director Kaori Flores Yonekura chronicles how her grandparents moved from Japan to Peru, and then on to Venezuela, in search of a new home.
Her personal story, told with the aid of photographs and animation, serves as a reference point for broader issues of Japanese immigration to and history in Latin America, including anti-Japanese media campaigns during the Second World War.
(Nikkei means a Japanese person living or born outside Japan.)
For more details about VLAFF, including screening times and locations, visit their website.