Magazine article Screen International

Korean Filmmakers Protest Government Blacklist

Magazine article Screen International

Korean Filmmakers Protest Government Blacklist

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Over 1,000 local film industry professionals protesting the South Korean government's blacklist are calling for the resignation of Korean Film Council (KOFIC) chairman Kim Sae-hoon (above, left) and Busan mayor Suh Byung-soo (right).

The protestors are saying the two should be arrested and investigated for their alleged collaboration with the government's suppression of films, filmmakers and the Busan International Film Festival over content that was "not to the regime's taste."

They are also demanding that the Korean Film Night reception - organised by KOFIC and to be held February 9 during the Berlinale - should be cancelled.

At a press conference held yesterday (Feb 7) in Seoul, the protestors announced a declaration signed by 1,052 film industry professionals, including director Ryoo Seung-wan (Veteran) and producer Goh Young-jae (Old Partner).

The declaration went over recent revelations pertaining to the blacklist, including the arrest of and/or investigations into top presidential aides and former ministers of culture. …

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