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Korean Film Nights 2017: Burmese on the Roof
Thu 27 April 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...
Burmese on the Roof - UK Premiere + Drinks Reception
Join us as we kick off the start of this second season with a FREE drinks reception following the screening!
Synopsis: In the industrial suburb of Masoek we find three foreign workers sharing a prefab hut built on their factory’s rooftop.This documentary offers a gaze into their lives, shifting its focus away from issues often associated with immigrants, taking a look at their personalities and everyday existence instead. Through very concise interviews, their plans and the challenges they face are slowly unveiled. We learn about the sacrifices they make for their families and their longing to return to a country that offers an uncertain future. We also witness both the camaraderie and the frictions that arise from living with strangers in such a confined space.
These dignifying human portraits are crafted with an austere visual style, complemented with a strong sense of place through distinct urban landscapes. And whilst we never learn these men’s full names, the film ensures they will not remain anonymous.
The film will be preceded by a brief introduction from Roberto Gonzalez from the National Film and Television School's Film Studies Programming and Curation course.