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In 2000, she started a new production company, Fictionville Studio with her partner, with the aim to make insightful and provocative independent films. In the first three years, she produced three documentaries: BREAKING BREAD (2000) that premiered on PBS station, KCET and SIR ALFRED OF CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT (2001), both of which have been well received by the media and worldwide audiences. SHARABANDO (2002) premiered on PBS where it received among the highest ratings for an independent produced documentary and has been broadcast on television networks around the world. She co-produced the narrative feature film DAY BREAK (2005) in Iran that premiered at Toronto Film Festival and screened at the Venice Film Festival and won several prestigious awards around the world. In 2008, she wrote and produced her first feature-length documentary THE GLASS HOUSE, produced in association with Sundance Channel and Impact Partners. It premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in November 2008 and was in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 in the International Documentary Category. The film won the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) Human Rights Award, Best Feature-length Documentary from Dallas Video Fest, Special Jury award from Zagrebdox, Honorable Mention from the Utopia Film Festival, and Best Documentary from Spain’s Urban TV in 2009/10.
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The pacing is perfect, the images of the friends in arms racing through the city still stay with me, and there's a nice little placement of one of the symbols of capitalism that brought a bit of laughter to what is otherwise a short full of sorrow, even more sorrowful considering its partly based on a true story.Speaking of true stories, let me jump out of the order of this omnibus and mention the last short, Kim Dong-won's documentary about Korean-Chinese immigrants, "Jongno, Winter." Immigration laws in South Korea give advantages to diasporic Koreans from North America and Europe that are not afforded those from China, Russia, or the former Soviet States (the "-Stans").
The Last Man Standing is a feature-length documentary on the story of Jerry Yellin, one of the last veterans from WWII, who enlisted to fight the Japanese, after their attack on Pearl Harbor. Jerry returned home from the war as a decorated pilot and suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder for years. It was only when he found Transcendental Meditation decades later that he began the road back to himself. When his son moved to Japan and married a Japanese woman, Jerry was confronted with his decades-old fear and hatred. As he confronted his enemy as his new family, he soon found that his hatred had transformed into love. Today, Jerry has six grandchildren, three of them Japanese. At 91 years old, Jerry’s mission is to promote peace and understanding between different cultures.
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Kim's documentary interviews several Korean-Chinese, people whose illegitimate residency risks being exposed by appearing in this film, and they share with us the struggles in their lives due to the limits placed on their status in South Korea.
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The President enlists a "rogue historian" Choi Min-jae (Jo Jae-hyun) to locate Kojong's true Imperial Seal (apparently Kojong had a fake Seal made to sign all documents pertaining to Japan-Korean relations, which, according to the movie's utterly bonkers logic, voids the terms of the 1905 Protectorate Treaty that eventually led to the annexation of Korea).
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The only effective part of this short, the aspects of it that are anything but ephemeral in that their words and images stay with me, are the documentary moments that bookend the film where contract workers speak for themselves.