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Life Unrehearsed

 
BANPARK Jieun
Korea, Germany 75minHDcolorDocumentary
Status Rough cut editing
Purpose Financing, Distribution
LOGLINE

Soohyun met In-sun for the first time and handed her flowers. It is these two women’s LOVE STORY.

SYNOPSIS

Thirty-six years ago, Lee Soohyun met Kim In-sun at a Korean Christian Women’s Association retreat in Germany and gave her flowers. Despite threats from her then-husband and the disapproval of Korean society, In-sun found love and chose to be with Soohyun. Now, the two of them—who came to work as nurses in a foreign country where they knew nothing of the language—are still there and already in their 70s. For 30 years, they have lived together in Berlin and shared in all the joys and sorrows of life. Soohyun and In-sun have stood in solidarity with other foreigners like themselves while also looking after one another. They are two people who overcame boundaries. This is their love story.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Since 1950, Germany has brought in foreign workers “Gastarbeiter” from neighboring countries and many countries in Asia. From 1966 to 1976, more than 20,000 Korean nurses and mine workers relocated to Germany for work. In 1970, Lee Soohyun arrived in Hamburg along with other 150 Korean nurses on a 3 year contract. Kim In-sun arrived in 1972 via her mother’s invitation. After the Oil Crisis of the 70s, many foreign workers in Germany were not able to extend their contracts, and thus had to return to their countries. Korean nurses actively protested throughout Germany, and won the right to indefinitely extend their contracts. “Gast” means “guest” in German, and one can deduce from the word “Gastarbeiter” that these foreign workers were treated as guests or temporary workforce. The two came to Germany in the 1970s when they were in their twenties, and has been active as protesters for the foreign worker rights. Now they are in their seventies. What are the lives of the aging first generation Korean immigrants like in Germany?

DIRECTOR
BANPARK Jieun
Produced Daekyojip-The Tailor Under The Bridge in 2018. Now works on her first feature documentary film Life Unrehearsed.
The Sound On The Table (2010), Daekyojip-The Tailor Under The Bridge (2018), On The Boundary (2019)
PRODUCER
KIM Dahyoung
Since 2009, she has written and directed films about women, LGBTQ, laborer, teenagers, and elderly people, and participated in Our Love Story as a scriptor. She held an exhibition in Seoul which displayed her photo essays on six people in their seventies in 2019. She also directed VR films including Mother and Daughter on the Street (2020) and It’s Your Turn Now.
Our Love Story (2016, scripter), Funny Game (2018, producer), Now It’s Your Turn (2020, director)
CONTACT dahyoungkim17@gmail.com
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