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1th DMZ Docs(2009)

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Tiger Spirit

Lee Min-sook

  • Canada
  • 2008
  • 74min
  • DigiBeta
  • color

Synopsis

Korea is a divided nation. The psychic scar shared by millions of people, separated from their families during the Korean War in the 1950s, is symbolized by the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing communist North from capitalist South. Along this infamous border, filmmaker Min-sook Lee sets out on a revelatory, emotion-charged journey into Korea’s broken heart, exploring the rhetoric and realism of reunification through the extraordinary stories of ordinary people. Tiger Spirit begins in the Korean foothills, where the filmmaker joins one man’s quest to prove tigers still live in the DMZ. A powerful symbol of resilience in Korean mythology, the tiger once roamed the peninsula but is thought extinct in the region. Lim believes finding the tiger will reconnect Koreans to their spirit and fuel the reunification train. But Lee takes us deeper than symbols, asking the crucial question—how will the two Koreas be put back together? In the South, we meet elderly Koreans waiting for news of relatives in the North and young defectors haunted by memories of escape. In the North Korea, we visit an inter-Korean economic project in Kaesong, the ancient capital. And we gain unprecedented access to state-sanctioned family reunions where we witness the Kim family’s heart-wrenching meeting with a relative they haven’t seen for 50 years.

An eloquent tale of longing and hope, Tiger Spirit is unforgettable portrait of Korea at a crossroads.​

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Director

  • Lee Min-sook

    She is a writer, broadcaster and an award winning documentary film director/producer. Lee’s first feature El Contrato, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and broadcast on TVO, was nominated for the Gemini award for Best Social/ Political Documentary in 2005. Her feature documentary, Hogtown: The Politics of Policing was awarded Best Feature-length Canadian Documentary at the 2005 Hot Docs. In 2006 she released the short docu-poem Borderless, which has screened internationally at festivals in Asia and North America. In 2008, Tiger Spirit premiered at Hot Docs 2008, and nominated for a Gemini for Best Social / Political Documentary in Canada in 2009. Her recent films My Toxic Baby premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. My Toxic Baby (2009) Tiger Spirit (2008) Borderless (2006) Hog town: The Politics of Policing (2005)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerAnita Lee (NFB), Ed Barreveld (Storyline Entertainment), Lee Min Sook
  • Cinematography Mark Ellam, Michael Grippo CSC, Stan Barua CSC
  • Editor Ricardo Acosta
  • Music Ricardo Acosta

Production Company & Distributor

Production Company & Distributor  Storyline Entertainment Inc.

Address  982 Dundas St. West, Toronto, Ont. M6J 1W6, Canada

Tel  1 416 603 8333

Fax  1 416 603 6318

Email  amanda@storylineentertainment.com, ed@storylineentertainment.com​