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

Open Pride Section

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The section that introduces films dealing with diverse values and rights beyond sexual minorities, and helps people to realize the value of coexistence and cooperation. 

SIPFF created Open Pride Section in 2017 in order to report the rights of social minorities other than sexual minorities, and to notify the possibilities of coexistence and cooperation. In 2018, Open Pride Section dealt with the issue of “conscious objection against military service and permission of substitute military service” with Amnesty International; in 2019, it designed special screenings by collaborating with “Kara,” an activist group protecting animal rights; in 2020, with the support of “Migration to Asia Peace (MAP),” it dealt with the issues of refugees, and screen the films of these issues. This year’s Open Pride Section will work with “No Nukes News.” “No Nukes News” is a monthly journal created in 2012, after the Fukushima nuclear accident, in order to support enucleation movement occurring nation-widely, and is the one and only channel of media in Korea that expertly deals with the issue of enucleation and delivers news of actual scenes. In 2019, it republished with the title “The Enucleation News and Media Cooperative,” continuing its business in issuing newspaper and creating contents, and enucleation activists all over the country are working as its reporters. “No Nukes News” won the 8th Gil-jin Im Environmental Award in 2020, recognized for the value and the meaning of its activities. The year 2021 is the 35th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear accident and the 10th anniversary of Fukushima nuclear accident, and the theme of 2021 SIPFF’s Open Pride Section is “enucleation.” South Korea run many nuclear power plants, and can never be free from the danger of nuclear power. As Gori and Wolsong nuclear power plant accidents occur one after the other, people’s voice informing the danger of nuclear power has been increased, and the necessity of enucleation movement has been suggested more and more fiercely. In 2021 SIPFF, 3 play films and 3 documentary films voicing the danger of nuclear power will be screened. The most noticeable film is Chernobyl: Abyss, directed by Danila Kozlovsky. Chernobyl: Abyss presents the story of a fire fighter who participated in the rehabilitation project of Chernobyl nuclear accident. Odayaka, directed by Uchida Nobuteru, unfolds the effects of Fukushima nuclear accident have on Japanese people’s spirits and everyday life with the stories of two families. The Seal of the Sun by Sato Futoshi also delivers the story of Fukushima nuclear accident from the perspective of a reporter who dig up the truth. Audiences can also watch documentary films that deals with the enucleation issue with keen perspectives. The Legend of Miryang by Bae-il Park demonstrates the story of old ladies living in Miryang, and have fought against the construction of a power transmission tower for 8 years. Wolsong, The Vanishing Village, directed by Tae-je Nam and Seong-hwan Kim, deals with the stories of the nuclear victims of Wolsong, where nuclear power plants, radioactive waste facilities. and nuclear management facilities gather together. Beyond the Wave by Alain de Halleux, critically reflects Japanese society that moves toward strong nationalism, xenophobia, and rearmament with Yamamoto Taro, the ultraright Japanese politician in its center. As such, 2021 SIPFF’s Open Pride Section presents diverse situations of Russia, Japan, and Korea under the theme of enucleation, and screens the films that can help people recognize the seriousness of the issue. We sincerely believe that this year’s Open Pride Section will offer valuable chance for people to contemplate better ways to move forward with wider perspectives, through coexistence and solidarity.