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Korean film leaves indelible mark

THE Embassy of the Republic of Korea last week presented a film that will not be forgotten in a hurry by movie lovers at the just ended Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF).

Coinciding with the ZIFF film awards ceremony la

st Saturday, Korea presented Joint Security Area, a moving feature film about the dividing line between North and South Korea.

The line separating the two nations who stem from the same origins is known as the 38th parallel.

In the movie a “shoot-out” occurs at the “Bridge of No Return” situated in the demilitarised zone resulting in the death of two North Korean soldiers. The incident precipitates a standoff between North and South Korea. The North claims the shooting was a flagrant attack by the South Koreans, while the South claims that one of their soldiers was kidnapped. A Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission intervenes to resolve the dispute.

South Korea’s First Secretary in Zimbabwe, Dong bae-Kim, said Korea was happy to be associated with Zimbabwe’s premiere film showcase and next year will make an effort to invite its film directors for the festival.

* Meanwhile Korea and Zimbabwe consolidated their cultural ties a fortnight ago during a cultural and musical festival held at the University of Zimbabwe. A student delegation from Korea’s Yonsei University staged a collaborative cultural performance of traditional dances alongside University of Zimbabwe theatre department students. The two universities have since signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable a student exchange and cooperation programme. — Staff Writer.

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