A War of Memories is a story about two different memories focusing on civilian massacre committed by South Korean Army
The Dark Secret of Rapid Economic Growth of South Korea.
In central Vietnam, there are people who still live with the memory of brutal massacres. Every February, villagers offer prayers and burn incense throughout the country in an attempt to help console the victims. They call this ceremony “Dai Han (Korean) Commemoration” In the 1960s, South Korea fought in the Vietnam War as a US ally with the aim of rooting out communism. However, what they did was simple and cruel: they killed a large number of civilians. Living testimony from the survivors hasn’t been able to set history straight. Instead, the atrocities have been treated as if they never existed. Korea’s official historical record states that thanks to the Vietnam War, Korea was able to achieve rapid economic growth. These different accounts of the war now represent a new battle between conflicting memories documented in “A War of Memories”
Bora Lee-Kil is a writer and filmmaker who believes that being born to and raised by her deaf parents have given her the best gift of storytelling. Recognizing the limits of South Korea’s education system that solely focuses on college placement tests, Bora dropped out of school at the age of sixteen, and traveled to South East Asia for eight-month-long volunteer work. The experience of the trip inspired her first documentary, <Road-Schooler> (2008) that also resulted in a book and an essay, 『Road is School』(2009) and 『Road-Schooler』(2009). Following this, she studied documentary making in the School of Film, TV, and Multimedia at the Korea National University of Arts since 2009. Bora’s most recent work, <Glittering Hands> (2014), an outcome of a two-year-long production, is an award-winning documentary based on the stories told by her and her younger brother, who both grew up moving back and forth between two worlds – one in silence and the other of sounds. Bora published a book, 『Glittering Applause』(2015) based on the story. She is currently working on her next project, <A War of Memories> based on the Vietnam War.
Sona studied Fine Arts and Social Sciences at Yonsei University. Her career in film production began with a Belgium-Korean co-production project, Reach for the SKY, where she was a production manager. She worked as a producer for Bamseom Pirates, Seoul Inferno which screened in 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival and The Whispering Trees which invited in 2017 Busan International Film Festival. She currently has several feature documentaries in development and production.
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