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14th(2012)



Kung Fu Grandma

PARK Jeong-one

  • UK
  • 2012
  • 27min
  • HD
  • color
  • Documentary

Korogocho; a Kenyan slum in which the older women have become vulnerable to attack from younger men, fuelled by rumours that intercourse with an elderly woman can be a cure for AIDS. Now, a group of grandmothers come together to protect themselves - The eponymous Kung Fu Grannies.


 

 

The film begins with the scenery of a poor African village and its people, which is shown through the familiar reproduction methods of global media. However, it promptly starts to gain vitality with the scene of a group of elderly women noisily practicing their Kung Fu moves in a studio painted in primary color; and their lives become the subject of our curiosity. The shocking reason behind their Kung Fu practice is immediately revealed; but the film does not fall into sentimentalism or become a work that focuses only on issues like journalism. This is an outstanding piece of the short documentary created through the combination of reporting on reality, a feature of documentary, of feministic perspective, and of solid direction. (HWANG Miyojo)

Director

  • PARK Jeong-onePARK Jeong-one

    PARK Jeong-one grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and studied documentary directing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her degree film projects include Out of Garden, a self-portrait documentary showcased for Channel 4, I Crossed the River and Kung Fu Grandma. She is currently working as an independent documentary filmmaker based in London, UK.

Credit

  • ProducerPARK Jeong-one
  • Cinematography PARK Jeong-one
  • Editor PARK Jeong-one
  • Music Anastasis SARAKATSANOS