(Korea Refugee Film Festival)
Korea Refugee Film Festival (KOREFF) is an annual, official event commemorating the UN-set World Refugee Day. It is hosted by the community of Korean refugee human rights organizations, the Refugee Human Rights Network, in order to reach and connect with citizens and refugees. The most accessible medium of film has been be used to introduce people to refugees’ stories, not through news or cases, but through their lives. Refugee activists and refugees in Korea themselves have selected movies for this cultural event.
As the pandemic is nearly approaching its end, the 7th Korea Refugee Film Festival is finally ready to invite its audience as an in-person event. In the midst of an unprecedented outbreak of infectious disease, endless conflicts and chaotic situations, countless people are leaving their homes in search of a safe life, even at this moment.
The world is experiencing a more difficult time than ever, facing many challenges and conflicts. Nevertheless, we cannot turn away from each other or be dispersed. What we need now is a sense of solidarity that we are all connected and the courage to reach out when others are in pain. When we come together in solidarity, the minority becomes the majority, and the individual becomes the world. In that spirit, the slogan of the 7th Korea Refugee Film Festival shall also be a magic spell that brings us the courage and hope no matter what challenges we face. ‘NEVER∙THE∙LESS 그럼에도, 함께’.
파리의 별빛 아래 (Under The Stars Of Paris)
Director Claus Drexel
Released in 2020
Running Time: 86mins
Christine's life has not been easy lately. Her lonely routine is divided between free food banks distributions and wandering the streets of Paris. On a cold winter night, she finds Suli, an 8-year-old Burkinabe boy, sobbing in front of her shelter. Christine understands that he is lost and has been separated from his mother. Bounded by their marginal condition, they embark together on an emotional journey full of tenderness to find Suli’s mother in the underground world of Paris.
나의 집은 어디인가 (Flee)
Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, United States, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom
Released in 2021
Running Time 89mins
Genre Animated Documentary
Amin Nawabi (a pseudonym), a 36-year-old high-achieving academic, grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen — his close friend and high-school classmate, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. Through heartfelt interviews between Jonas and Amin, FLEE tells an unforgettable story of self-discovery. Showing how only by confronting the past is it possible to carve out a future, and the universal truth that only when you stop fleeing from who you are can you find the true meaning of home.
기록 (Writing to Reach You)
Released in 2021
Running Time 23mins
At least 82.4 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26.4 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also millions of stateless people, who have been denied a nationality and lack access to basic rights such as education, health care, employment and freedom of movement.
At a time when 1 in every 95 people on earth has fled their home as a result of conflict or persecution, understanding the refugee crisis has become important than ever.
Writing to Reach You is a short documentary exploring the lives of 4 refugees living and trying to find new lives in South Korea.
The 4 refugees, who come from very different backgrounds and countries share their lives before and after coming to Korea, in search of a better place in which to live.
Released in 2021
Running time 36mins
"Belonging" is a 36 minute long documentary film that explores the idea that gaining a sense of belonging is an emotional journey which most of us in some ways experience. Through the stories of Korean actor Jung woo-sung, Syrian student: Abdul Wahab, Korean-born adoptees Soni and Jacob Jörgensen and Egyptian refugees Sarah Ahmed and Musab Darwish the film looks at what belonging means especially to those who have been displaced in some way. Filmed in Korea and Sweden and commissioned by UNHCR Korea, "Belonging" highlights the need for compassion for those who might appear different and encourages us all to ask ourselves "Where do you belong?"
Information on the registration for the Festival
All films shown at the KOREFF are free of charge!
The KOREFF has been taking place annually with the voluntary participation of refugee rights activists and is a non-profit file festival which does not seek profits. This year, we made a bold decision not to crowdfund by selling merchandise in order to minimize wasting resources and to protect the environment better.
When you come to the 7th KOREFF, all you need to prepare is an open mind towards refugees. Also, you will be able to enjoy booths where you can have a fun experience and buy unique souvenirs.
*Before you participate, please read the information below:
※ Tickets will be distributed at the Festival information booth in the theater.
※ Seats are based on a first come, first serve basis.
※ If you need a wheelchair seat, please leave a note when you register.
※ The Festival will be prepared based on the number of pre-registrations. If you cannot come to the Festival after registering, please inform the organizing team.
※ Section 1 includes the opening ceremony.