Photo courtesy of: Hayoun Kwon
489 Years, Hayoun Kwon, France, 12', OV (Corean) with subtitles in English and Spanish
An animated short film, winner of an award at the 62nd Oberhausen International Festival, 489 Years uses the testimony provided by Kim, a former soldier from South Korea, to give us access to the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, plunging us into the heart of the soldier’s personal memories. Kim tells us about his experiences on a research mission and the amazing discovery he made in a field full of mines (laid by South Korea with no record of where they were placed). He talks about a place where people are forbidden, and where nature has totally regained its hold…
The multimedia artist Hayoun Kwon (Seúl, 1981), who lives between Korea and France, analyses 489 Years in a twelve-minute-long animated short film based on the testimony of an ex-soldier from South Korea. Her previous film, Village modèle, about a propaganda village built by North Korea, was also shown in Rotterdam and as part of the Circuitoprogramme last year.