A life documentary of a woman who was shunned for being possessed by spirits as a girl, oppressed for following superstitions as an adult, how she grows to be a great shaman who embraces the pain of all people, and how she comes to be honored as a national treasure of Korea with her outstanding artistic talents throughout Korea’s tumultuous history. Both the life of Kim Keum-hwa and significant moments of modern Korea are chronicled through reenactment of real stories, rare archive footage, stylized Korean ‘contemporary-traditional’ music and performance, and visually provoking mythical fantasy scenes. It gives an experience of surpassing the border between past and present, South Korea and North Korea, urban and vernacular, life and afterlife, and reality and fantasy.
Born in Seoul in 1965, Park Chan-kyong studied fine arts at Seoul National University for BFA and majored in photography at Cal Arts for MFA. He has been actively working as a visual artist who won numerous awards. Both his fine arts and filmic works primarily focus on the Cold War and the Korean division. Since 2008, he has created photographs, video, and filmic works focusing on Korea’s native religion and shamanism.