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Synopsis Program Note
‘I’ am curious as to how my dad came to have such conviction in his support of the conservative party despite his poverty and set off for my hometown of Daegu right before the local elections on June 2nd, 2010. A new kind of ‘Family Documentary’ that takes a sharp jab at the mindset of Korean society’s conservative class and conflict between generations.
The provocative title of the documentary refers to the day when KIM Dae-joong became president and many said “If that guy becomes the president, the country will be ruined.” The director takes this comment and her question “Why does my father support the conservative party even though he is poor?” as she heads for her hometown of Daegu right before the June 2nd elections. This documentary is a record of the interview with her father in Daegu, a place known for being conservative party territory. This is a kind of ‘family documentary’ and is a new attempt in the sense that instead of having politics in the context of the family conflict, it brings real political issues into the family.
The Day that Bastard Became President has a simple form with an interview with the father who accepts poverty as life and is a supporter of the conservative party. It is also about the thoughts of the director who supports the progressive party, while exploring into the mentality of the ‘common people’ who support the conservative party. Furthermore, the film looks into the various points of conflicts between generations. The point at which the circuitry of conservatism is exposed as being supported by regional mentality, anti-communism, and Christianity is quite interesting. The gap between the father and the daughter who hold different political views is not bridged in a short time, but the two understand each other a little better by the end of the film. (KWON Eun-sun)
SON Kyung-hwaSON Kyung-hwa
SON Kyung-hwa started film making by participating in a documentary Shared Streets (2008) as an assistant director. Her codirected documentary Dog Talk (2009) were screened at Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival, Seoul Independent Documentary film & Video Festival, Women Make Waves in Taiwan, Women’s Film Festival in Incheon. She participated in a documentary 77 days (2010) as an assistant director and Mother and 2 lines (2011) as a director of photography.