Korean Documentary

This season focuses on bringing contemporary Korean documentary to Sheffield and showing the breadth of films that are emerging in the Korean documentary market.

Experience modern Korea through the lens of these captivating stories that explore diverse topics from cats to football, from North Korean politics to LGBTQ+ parenting. 

From the streets of Seoul to the forgotten countryside, each documentary delves deep into the challenges, triumphs, and complexities of contemporary Korean society. 

Discover stories of kindness, passion, family histories, communities, hope, and resilience that help us understand this fascinating nation in this series of documentaries.

Brought to you with the Showroom Cinema and The Centre for Korean Studies at the University of Sheffield. 

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home groundF-Rated
Korean Documentary: Home Ground/홈그라운드 18
Korean with English Subtitles
In the mid-1990s, the first openly lesbian bar in South Korea, LesBos, opened its doors in Seoul. This documentary follows the evolution of the city’s queer spaces through the eyes of the bar’s proprietors.
  • Tue 16 Apr
  • 18.30
coming to youF-Rated
Korean Documentary: Coming to you/너에게 가는 길 18
Korean with English Subtitles
Two mothers defy both personal and societal biases as they embrace their children's coming out journeys, rallying support for Korea's LGBTAIQ+ community through their own activism.
  • Tue 16 Apr
  • 20.30
catsF-Rated
Korean Documentary: Cats Apartment/고양이들의 아파트 18
Korean with English Subtitles
A tale of love, care and human-animal interaction as an abandoned, soon to be demolished apartment complex, becomes home to a thriving colony of cats.
  • Wed 17 Apr
  • 18.00
fc sukhavati
Korean Documentary: FC Sukhavati 수카바티 + Q&A 18
Korean with English Subtitles
With humour, care, and a deep sense of love, the film tells the tale of abandoned football supporters and their nine-year struggle to create a new football club in Anyang, South Korea.
  • Fri 19 Apr
  • 17.30
fanaticF-Rated
Korean Documentary: Fanatic/성덕 + Q&A 18
Korean with English Subtitles
In this entertaining and thought-provoking film, a former self-declared fan delves into the incredible world of K-pop fandom and what happens when a fan falls out of love with their idol.
  • Sat 20 Apr
  • 17.30
defectorsF-Rated
Korean Documentary: Defectors + Q&A 18
English, Korean with English Subtitles
Defectors explores the lasting impact of the Korean War while revealing the weight it continues to exert on several generations of the filmmaker’s own family.
  • Sun 21 Apr
  • 17.30
coming to you
Korean Documentary Season Pass 18
This season pass entitles you to access to all of the films in our Korean Documentary season at a discounted price.
  • Sun 21 Apr
  • 20.00

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