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15th(2013)



My father’s emails

HONG Jae-hee

  • Korea
  • 2012
  • 89min
  • HD
  • color/black and white
  • Documentary

Synopsis
The director’s father who did not know how to use a computer left her an autobiography via e-mail. It has his whole life through many notable events such as the Korean War, the Vietnam War, 88’s Seoul Olympic, New Town Development, etc. The director reflects life and generation of a man who lived as a name of ‘Father’


 

Program Note
Forty-three emails that the father sent before he passed away. The “Commy” second daughter, who hated her father to the point where she wanted to kill him and left her parents\' house as soon as she became an adult, traces back the history of her family through the emails. The rearranged history, based on the emails and the life of her father as suggested through interviews of family members, contains the ups and downs of modern Korean history, including the division of the nation, war, American soldiers, the Vietnam War, the Middle East, the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and the redevelopment of apartment complexes.
The director traces the father’s life through the emails and unravels his story. However, she does not force the audience to understand him or attempt to forgive him. Living half of his life dependent on alcohol and violence, her father was the cause of the darkness that hovered over her family. Her mother, who endured all of the atrocities committed by her father, and her older sister, who says that she will never be able to understand her father, show the bitterness that is still present in the family history. The real feelings and thoughts of the family members, revealed in the process of unraveling the life of the director’s father, are the beginning of another story. This private documentary contextualizes the place of the father as a patriarch who was exposed to violence in the violent process of modernization, occupying a corner in violence. However, it also provides insight into gender relationships without othering the position of the mother and daughters when they look at the father. [HONG So-in]

Director

  • HONG Jae-heeHONG Jae-hee

    She is a graduate of The Korean National University of Arts, majored in Film, TV & Multimedia. She had been writing scenario of She Is Bad. Her films include Misunderstanding (1997), How to Cross a Desert (1999), Dust (2003), which was invited at short competition in Torino Intl. Women’s Film Festival, and Lovers (2005).

Credit

  • ProducerHONG Jae-hee
  • Cast PARK Jung-soon, KIM Kyeong-soon, HONG Ju-hee
  • Cinematography GANG Kuk-hyun
  • Art director KIM Yu-mi
  • Editor UM Yoon-ju
  • Music LEE Sang-jin
  • Sound PARK Hyung-jin