[KS] talk at Columbia CKS: On Korean Documentary Cinema

Ji-hoon Felix Kim jihoonfelix at gmail.com
Wed Sep 22 12:48:24 EDT 2021

Dear Koreanists,

I would cordially invite you to my Zoom talk scheduled at 4pm(EST) this
Friday, held by the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University.

*Korean Studies University Seminar Online*
*Post-verité Turns: Korean Documentary Cinema in the 21st Century*
*Ji-hoon Kim, *Associate Professor,  Chung-Ang University & Visiting
Scholar in the Film in the School of the Arts.

Moderated by *Jae Won Edward Chung*, Rutgers University
Friday, September 24 @4pm

*Co-sponsored by Columbia University Seminar*

Registration below:


*Abstract *This talk presents an overview of *Post-verité Turns: Korean
Documentary Cinema in the 21st Century*, the first-ever English-written
academic monograph on the South Korean nonfiction film and video practices
by individual filmmakers, artists, and collectives since the 1980s.  More
than offering a comprehensive history of those practices during the last
four decades, it offers a critical mapping of how the formal and aesthetic
variations of the Korean documentary cinema during the last two decades
have differed from and simultaneously renewed the activist,
*cinéma-vérité *tradition
of Korean independent documentaries of the 1980s and 1990s in conjunction
with the transition to the post-authoritarian, post-minjung, post-IMF, and
post-traumatic society. These variations encompass personal documentaries
and essay films, experimental documentaries on landscapes, documentaries
extensively using archival materials, digitally enabled documentaries, and
intersections of documentary and contemporary art. Mapping these variations
onto five categories along with trends of the activist documentaries
reloaded in the 21st century, I use the term ‘post-verité’ to theorize
these new constellations of aesthetics and politics. By departing from the
epistemological and aesthetic assumptions of its predecessor, the Korean
documentary in the twenty-first century has formed the most vibrant
screenscape for cinematic experimentations. At the same time, I argue that
these experimentations have also updated the activist tradition’s political
and ethical commitment to history and politics by reinventing the ways of
engaging with the traumas of modernization and the new problems of
neoliberalized contemporary Korea.

*Bio *Jihoon Kim (chungang.academia.edu/JKIM) is associate professor of
cinema and media studies at Chung-ang University, and currently a visiting
scholar in the Film and Media Studies program at Columbia University. He is
the author of *Documentary’s Expanded Fields: New Media and the
Twenty-First-Century Documentary* (forthcoming in Oxford University Press,
Feb 2022) and *Between Film, Video, and the Digital: Hybrid Moving Images
in the Post-media Age*(Bloomsbury, 2018/16). He is also finalizing his
third book, *Post-verité Turns: Korean Documentary Cinema in the 21st

Jihoon Kim, Ph.D
*Documentary's Expanded Fields: New Media and the Twenty-First-Century
Documentary *(Oxford University Press, forthcoming in Feb 2022).
*Between Film, Video, and the Digital: Hybrid Moving Images in the
Post-media Age* (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018/16).

Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Film and Media Studies, Columbia University
Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies
Department of Film Studies
Chung-ang University
website: chungang.academia.edu/JKIM
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