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Korean Film Nights 2017: Bandhobi
Thu 4 May 2017, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
The Korean Cultural Centre UK's Korean Film Nights screenings return for 2017! This second season runs from April until June and will focus on stories of immigration in South Korean cinema, a theme that was chosen for its relevance in the world today.
Join us as we explore the stories of a North Korean defector, migrant workers hailing from a variety of countries including Burma, Vietnam and Bangladesh as well as second-generation Korean emigrants returning to the country their parents left behind...
Synopsis: Bandhobi is a story about the crossover between two different cultures and the friendship it can spark. As the title suggests, “female friend” in Bengali, the film follows the evolving relationship between Min-seo, a 17-year old rebellious Korean girl, and Karim, a 29-year old Muslim migrant worker from Bangladesh. This character-driven film subtly explores many areas of importance: racism, illegal immigration, family dynamics, the education system and working conditions with great sensitivity and realism. Both characters bring distinctive critical outlooks: Min struggles with a broken relationship with her mother and an absent father while Karim is desperately trying to retrieve the unpaid wages from his employer. Both are lost souls in a society they feel disenfranchised from. Their unique friendship helps them finally address and voice the questions so quietly hidden under social conventions and ignorance.