Profiles of 2 Korean American Women Filmmakers
The Korean American Film Festival New York (KAFFNY) claims to be the first and only film festival of its kind in New York City. David Kim, the founder of KAFFNY, observed the lack of Korean American film festivals that explored Korean diaspora.
"Korean film festivals may have extra elements about Korean diaspora on the side, but ours is the only one that focuses on that," he said.
Emerging filmmakers showcased their films in the 7th annual Korean American Film Festival New York (KAFFNY) on October 24th–27th, 2013. Among the films shown in the festival this year, several illustrated identity and experience of Korean Americans living in New York City. Jules Suo's "528 New York" and Jamerry Kim's "Who is Pauline Park?" were some of the films that observed the complicated and nuanced lives of Korean Americans.
"With Asian American films, they can be the same thing, like, 'Look at those stereotypes,' the same movie, over and over again nonstop. We're trying to go beyond that as much as possible," David Kim explained. "Everybody immediately goes, 'Korean Americans, it's a niche!' No, it's actually not just Korean or American, we're bringing both together."
For Suo and Kim, their films showed their personal experience by illustrating how diverse the lives of Korean Americans are through the perspective of individuals.