GB2362: Thursday 4 August: Screening of Korean Documentary "Living Memories: Halmoni" at the Korean Cultural Centre


Message 2362:
THURSDAY 4 AUGUST (evening): SCREENING OF "LIVING MEMORIES: HALMONI" at the KOREAN CULTURAL CENTRE (free event, but booking required)
(Optional) Meeting and Transport Details:  Meet Gordon on Thursday 4 August, between 6.30pm and 6.35pm, at Embankment tube station (Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle Lines, Zone 1, inside the station, on your left after passing through the ticket barriers. If you prefer, you can use nearby Charing Cross station, served by the Northern and Bakerloo Lines and National Rail.
Venue Details:  We will go to the Korean Cultural Centre ( ). The postal address given on the website is Ground Floor, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, WC2N 5BW, but the entrance is in Northumberland Avenue. There is a good map on the centre's website at . Watch for the Korean flag flying outside the building.
The Event:  We will go to the screening of "Living Memories: Halmoni". This 2017 film will start at 7pm and end at about 8.10pm. It will be shown in Korean with English subtitles. It is worth arriving in good time as soft drinks are offered before the screening, and entrance after the film starts is not permitted. This will be our first time to view a film together at this venue for 9 years.
Synopsis:  Jo Ok Sim, Halmoni (meaning grandmother in Korean) of the title, reflects on her life as she tends the flowers in her plant nursery at the southernmost tip of Argentina, Ushuaia. She arrived here in 1974 with her schoolteacher husband who noticed that nobody grew lettuce. He persuaded the government to give him some land so that he could try. This is the story of how one unassuming family changed the landscape of this beautiful but remote region. Made by her grandson, director Daniel Kim, this film weaves home movies and photographs through observational cinematography to tell their story, with emphasis on how the current generations preserve their Korean identity. Daniel Kim’s documentary feature is a sensitive, loving, personal homage to his grandmother that will move audiences. The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with the film's director Daniel Kim.
Booking:  You are required to book for this event through the KCC's website. To do so, go to , click on "Proceed to this site", check that there are still places remaining, click on "Going", complete the required information (name, e-mail address and number of guests) on the booking form, and then click on "Finish". Please do not book more places than you are sure to need. There are 80 places in total, of which 10 have gone at the time of posting this message.
Fri 8 July, 6.40pm/6.50pm: Turnham Green tube to go to Chiswick Catholic Centre, 2 Dukes Avenue, W4 2AE, for a jazz night starting at 7.30pm (half-price admission for up to 30 of "Gordon's friends" - use promotion code GORDONB on Eventbrite - click on for full details);
Thurs 14 July (French National Day): opening of Les Animaux modèles exhibition at the Royal Over-Seas League, 6 Park Place, SW1A 1LR, starting at 6pm (booking through Eventbrite required, and as this is a free event, I suggest you book asap while places remain - see details at );
Sun 24 July, 1.30pm/1.40pm: Leytonstone tube for walk in Wanstead Park and Epping Forest (free event with no booking required - click on for details);
Thurs 4 August: Korean movie partially set in Argentina (see details above).