Korean Canadians Behind the Screens: In Conversation with Albert Shin and Gloria Kim (Film Screenings)

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Monday, October 26th, 2015

Monday, October 26, 20157:00PM - 9:30PMInnis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue
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2015 UofT Korea Week


Day 1 – Film Screenings
Monday, October 26 | 7:00 PM | Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Screening of Albert Shin’s critically acclaimed feature, In Her Place, preceded by
Gloria Kim’s short film The Auction.

In Her Place | 115 min.| 2014| directed by Albert Shin
Inspired by Korean culture’s strong stigma against adoption In Her Place stars Kil Hae-Yeon and Ahn Ji-Hye as a mother and daughter living on a farm in Korea. When the teenage daughter becomes pregnant, a woman (Yoon Da-Kyung) arrives from Seoul to propose a secret adoption, conditional on her staying with them for the duration of the pregnancy so that she can hide the adoption when she returns to Seoul after the baby’s birth. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, garnered five nominations at the 3rd Canadian Screen Awards and won the Scotiabank Jay Scott Prize for an Emerging Artist at the 2014 Toronto Film Critic Association Award.

The Auction | 17 min. | 2010 | directed by Gloria Kim
It’s Christmas in Toronto, 1978. Eight-year-old Meehee Park longs for two things: to make her mother happy and to get a Cindy doll from Santa. While selling her toys at a shop, she comes across an auction that will pit her two greatest desires, leaving Meehee to make a difficult choice. A semi-autobiographical tale of immigrant dreams, The Auction is a poignant blend of narrative and director Gloria Ui Young Kim’s found family footage. The film screened in film festivals around North America and won the Lift & Fuji Award for Best Film at the 2010 Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival.

Day 2 – Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 28 | 6:30 PM | Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Influenced by their upbringings as first or second-generation immigrants, Asian Canadian filmmakers and artists have foregrounded identity and belonging as a recurring theme in their work. In this panel and discussion, Korean Canadian filmmakers Albert Shin and Gloria Kim will share their experience of living and working in different cultural settings, and discuss how that has impacted their artistic vision and cinematic practice. As they extrapolate the identities of fictional characters on screen, what have they learned about their own?

Moderator: Jane Kim, Filmmaker and Programmer
Panelists: Albert Shin, Director of In Her Place & Gloria Ui Young Kim, Writer and Director of The Auction


Rachel Ostep


Centre for the Study of Korea

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival


Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto

CASSU - Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union

UTKSA - UofT Korean Students' Association

Asian Institute

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