Ban This Series, Redux: They're at it again, so we're at it again. Join us for free screenings of documentaries from Chad, Venezuela and North Korea—three countries added to the U.S. travel ban, effective October 18.
Both a political and personal look at the division between North and South Korea, Tiger Spirit captures how this troubled history and fractured nationhood impacts the lives of ordinary people whose families are separated by the border. Beginning as a search for proof of tigers living in the wild in Korea’s DMZ, Canadian filmmaker Min Sook Lee embarks on an emotional journey to understand the country her family left when she was a child. This sensitive portrait of collective and individual trauma takes a hopeful look at reunification, taking its camera on both sides and investigating the soul of a nation torn apart.
Director Min Sook Lee will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.
This full-length documentary tells the story of modern Korea, a nation divided in half. The psychic scar shared by families divided during the Korean War in the 1950s is symbolized by the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing communist North from capitalist South. Along this infamous border, filmmaker Min Sook Lee begins an emotion-charged journey into Korea’s broken heart, exploring the rhetoric and realism of reunification through the extraordinary stories of ordinary people. An eloquent tale of longing and hope, Tiger Spirit is an unforgettable portrait of Korea at a crossroads.
Min Sook Lee is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University, her area of research and practice focuses on the critical intersections of art+social change in labour, border politics, migration and social justice movements.