SIPFF 2023 2023.11.02(Thu.) ~ 2023.11.08(Wed.)

Open Pride Section

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A section aiming to build intersectional solidarity by presenting minority stories that are not limited to the queer |

The Seoul PRIDE Film Festival has a solid history of offering audiences with queer stories in its five sections and this year we add a brand new sixth section. It is our mission to catalyze the burgeoning of queer movements and we extend that value by reaching out and building solidarity with other minorities of our society. The Open Pride Section aims to extend the discussion from exclusively based around sexual minorities to minorities in general. In wholehearted support of the Korean Supreme Court ruling for the allowance of conscientious refusal to bear arms and alternative services, we present to you a special program curated in collaboration with the world's largest international human rights activist organization, Amnesty International.

In the Open Pride Section, we introduce the works of two directors, Kang Sangwoo and Kim Kyungmook, who are conscientious objectors themselves, as well as stories where the internal conflict of the characters sheds new light on the complexity of the issue at hand. A Silk Letter by director Kang Sangwoo portrays a character who must write an official statement for his conscientious refusal to bear arms, a decision he has made due to his pacifist beliefs. It is a semi-autobiographical account of how difficult it was for Kang Sangwoo to write the required statement. The director was imprisoned for his decision and has since been released.

Host & Guest, directed by Shin Dongil, is about Gyesang, a young man living an upright life and always with a smile on his face. But he has a painful secret caused by a moral decision he made in the past. Kang Jihwan delivers a wonderful performance of an innocent man.

Gong Myung's good looks have captured the hearts of fans in Drinking Solo and The Entertainer. Such fans will not be disappointed with Ice River by Min Yonggeun. Ice River is about a man who takes up religious beliefs that forbid him to bear arms. The movie was part of If You Were Me, produced by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea.

Hacksaw Ridge, directed by acclaimed actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson is based on the true story of a Seventh-day Adventist Christian Desmond Doss, a pacifist who protects his country and loved ones from WWII by voluntarily enlisting in the army as a combat medic.

Another important film is the documentary about the conscientious objectors of Korea, Room 708, A Letter from a Private directed by Kim Hwantae.


○ Room 708, The Letter From A Private

○ Host & Guest

○ A Silk Letter

○ Ice River

○ Stateless Things

○ Hacksaw Ridge