Recently Director Cho Sung-bong’s writing and photos were published with the title of “From 4.3 to Gangjeong: A letter of an independent film director from Jeju” on Cine 21 magazine, No. 896.
In the article, he is looking back the past days that his film on 4.3 massacre ‘Red Hunt‘ was premiered secretly in the basement of a small cathedral in Jeju on a rainy spring day in 1998. The premiere was possible only in a small cathedral or by students association, as the film was regarded as ‘the material of expression for the benefit of the enemy’ and he himself was charged as violating the national security law.
15 years have passed…He was invited to Gangjeong village to show the Red Hunt film in 2011 and since then he has been staying in Gangjeong for the past three years.
And this year, he paid tributes to two films on 4.3. One is ‘Jiseul (directed by O Muel),’ a feature film that got the Sundance Grand Jury Prize on Jan. 27, 2013 (To be coincident on the same day of the 8th anniversary of the Jeju designated as the Peace Island) and the other is ‘Jeju Prayer (Binyom),’ (directed by Im Heung Soon), an art documentary that connected the Jeju, 4.3, 1948 and Gangjeong, 2013, for the first time:
“It is near a miracle that one can see two 4.3 movies a year. Those are the long documentaries titled ‘Jiseul’ and ‘Jeju prayer.’ The heated audience response on ‘Jiseul,’ that has already opened is writing the independent movie, again.”
Otherwise, there will be the book concerts on April 3rd and April 8, in celebration of a book, “You, Gangjeong,” that was written by 43 Korean and put with the photos of seven photographers.
A Jeju 4.3 poet, Kim Kyung-Hoon has already published a book titled, “Gangjeong is the 4.3” in November, 2011.
The historic link between 4.3 and Gnagjeong will be more intensified. This year, we will see another movie made by Regis Tremblay. The “Jeju: In the Cross hairs of War,”is a ‘documentary about Jeju Islanders opposing the construction of a massive naval base to serve America’s militaristic “pivot to Asia” in order to check China.’ Please support the film.
‘Jiseul’ (2013) music clip (See the English article on ‘Jiseul’ here)
(Summary by Regina Pyon and Sung-Hee Choi)Photos