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October 19, 2010

Christian Film Fest Slated for Korea

'X-Men' producer Ralph Winter to be keynote speaker at Seoul event

The 8th Seoul Christianity Film Festival (SCFF) will be held Oct. 21-26 in Seoul, "with a solemn goal to touch viewers and heal them from the emotional stress and burden in their everyday lives through movies," according to an article in The Korea Times.

Ralph Winter, a Christian and producer of the X-Men and Fantastic Four films, is the keynote speaker. Winter will "give a lecture on movies and his Christian faith," according to the article.

The fest, with the theme of "Touch You, the Healing," will include 20 full-length films and 17 shorts from 10 different countries. SCFF chairwoman Bae Hae-hwa said, "As so many people use touch phones these days, the meaning of human `touch' has vanished, making people feel more lonely and depressed. We wanted to heal those souls (through SCFF)."

The opening film Korogocho Hakuna Matata: A Story of Jirani" by Korean director Lee Chang-gyu documents a Korean priest and conductor who teaches despairing African children how to sing by creating a choir, and their journey to stage a performance in the United States. The 80-minute documentary will have its world premiere at the festival.


I'll try to check it out. Hmmm . . . I don't see where it is though - Seoul's pretty big.