tvN's project on inter-Korean dispersed families, [I’ll Be Home], becomes the first Korean film invited to RIFF
The cinema version of tvN's documentary series on inter-Korean dispersed families [I'll Be Home], which had been aired for marking the 70th anniversary of Korean liberation, was selected as an invitational film for the Resistance International Film Festival (RIFF) for the first time among Korean films.
[I'll Be Home], tvN's project on inter-Korean dispersed families
The cinema version of tvN's project on inter-Korean dispersed families, [I'll Be Home], was selected as an officially invited film and screened film for the 14th Resistance International Film Festival (RIFF), the largest film festival in the Middle East, which will be held in Teheran, the capital city of Iran, from September 23 to 30.
The 68 minute-long film was made based on the interviews and records of over 160 dispersed family members whom tvN had met over the past 18 months and by conducting additional film shoots.
The film focuses on the reality and sorrow of tens of thousands of dispersed family members who could not be included in the list for the 20th inter-Korean dispersed family reunion held last October.
It is notable that the film is the first Korean film going to RIFF as an officially invited film or screened film.
This year's RIFF selected a total of 61 officially screened films out of over 1,700 documentary, feature, short and animation films from 104 countries around the world, and only around 10 films out of them were selected as an officially invited film for the festival.
The cinema version of [I'll Be Home] was selected as a screened international documentary film along with [Where to Invade Next, 2015] by Michael Moore, an American documentary master who directed [Fahrenheit 9/11, 2004] and [Bowling for Columbine, 2002].
27 films in the documentary film category came from 14 countries, including South Korea, US, Canada, France, England, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Denmark and Kenya.
The production team of the film said, "We are pleased that the film was well received by the judges for depicting the sad stories and reality of dispersed families between South Korea and North Korea that have no parallel even in the history of the world in a calm way. We hope this achievement will lead to increased global interest and support for the families whose old members are dying of old age."
The film was also selected as an officially screened film in the category of documentary film for the 10th Bali International Film Festival (BALINALE) to be held from September 24 to 30.
BALINALE had invited [International Market] and [The Shameless] in the feature film category last year and [Miracle in Cell No.7] and [Born to Sing] in the same category in 2013.
[I'll Be Home] was also invited as an officially screened film to the 6th UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival to be held in Utica, N.Y., the United States, from October 27 to 29.
In May, the film won the bronze palm award in the category of documentary film at the Mexico International Film Festival, and in June, it was selected as an official entry film for the Sydney World Film Festival.
Meanwhile, tvN's 4-episode documentary film [I'll Be Home], produced in June of last year based on in-depth interviews with over 160 dispersed family members as a means to look back on the history of division of Korea, marked the 70th anniversary of the division and the 65th anniversary of Korean War. The film successfully aroused sympathy from viewers about the sorrow of dispersed families and won the Program of the Month by the Korea Communications Standards Commission in September of last year.