November 18, 2021 12:20
The inaugural Liberty International Movie Festival, which celebrates freedom and human rights causes, will be held in Seoul from Nov. 22 to 27.
Movie director Kim Deog-young has been selected as the head of the festival.
"It is a movie festival created from citizens' donations without a penny from regional governments and around 360 movies from 50 countries around the world have been submitted," Kim said. "The festival is also drawing attention from filmmakers around the world because there are not many festivals that promote freedom and human rights."
Kim is known for the documentary, "Kim Il-sung's Children," which delves into the fate of some 5,000 North Korean orphans who were sent to Eastern Europe in the 1950s.
The festival features films about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, the resistance of young activists in Myanmar and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the poor in India.
"It's our humble belief that at least one movie festival in the world should focus on this theme," Kim said. "Our country was taken from us by a foreign power and we fought for our independence and upheld democracy in the struggle against communism. It's a huge honor for Korea, which has evolved into a cultural powerhouse, to host an international film festival honoring the values of freedom and human rights."
The director said the festival's organizers have no intention of turning to the government for funding. "If we started focusing on making money, we wouldn't have been able to imagine creating such a wonderful international festival. We will try to spread values that enable the world to develop and prosper peacefully by searching out more movies about basic freedom and human rights," he added.
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