Screen/Society--Cine-East: East Asian Cinema--"26 Years"
Film Screening: "26 Years" (Jo Geun-hyeon, 2012, 135 min, S. Korea, in Korean w/ English subtitles, Color, DVD) / 26 years ago, during the Gwangju Democratization Movement, state troops were ordered to open fire on civilians in the city of Gwangju who were demonstrating as apart of a democratic movement. Thousands of civilians were killed and the massacre is considered one of the most tragic events in South Korean history.Now five victims - a shooter from the national team, a gang member, a policeman, a CEO from a large company, and a director of a private security outfit - get involved in a top-secret project in order to convict the person responsible. / "Daring and powerful, '26 Years' is one of Korean Cinema's most direct confrontations with its traumatic history. The film grabs you from the outset and never lets you go: propelled by bold revisionism and its harnessing of a nation's outrage." -- ModernKoreanCinema.com / Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOkVdoVMc-g / Screening made possible by the generous permission of Chungeorahm Film (Seoul, South Korea).