Pannoli Arirang (Panoli arirang) (1984)|
Seoul Film Group -
Moon Won-lip and others
Year of Production : 1984
Genre : Documentary
Format : 8mm/Color
Running Time : 18 minutes
Pannoli Arirang was the first independent documentary to be made outside of the establishment. It was made by the Seoul Film Group - which believed in social reform through film - in order to experiment with collaborative creation. The film deals with the performance of Pannoli Arirang Gogae, by the theater group, Yeonwu Mudae - showing footage of the group’s rehearsals, their preparations for performances, their dressing room, as well as their performances. It also has audio of live performances, interviews with the audience on their reactions to the performances as well as an audio recording of a critical conference of the performance. The visual and audio elements were used separately giving the film a unique structure. The unsynchronized audio and visual elements can be seen as an attempt to have the audience participate in the viewing of the film more actively. The fact that the various interviews were added only as audio recordings that are divorced from the actual footage that is being shown, shows that the movie is trying to explore the relationship between Pannoli Arirang Gogae, a fictional work which is presented through the syntax of a reality based documentary, and its relationship to the entire film. Although the film is made by a small collective and is fairly simple, compared to the subjective and opinionated documentaries that were made afterward (from 1980 to the early 1990s) which lacked an aesthetic sense, it is a meaningful attempt full of aesthetic experimentation.
An incomplete experiment by the subculture of the movement for democracy, trying to illuminate the society of the times. (Kang So-won)
Pannoli Arirang was the first independent documentary to be made outside of the establishment. It was made collaboratively by the Seoul Film Group, and is mainly an experimental work.
Seoul Film Group (1982 - 1986)
The collective was founded by members of the Yalrasyeong Film Group at Seoul National University. The collective was founded in an attempt to make films of a higher quality than that of the group, Yeoengsosomoim, with the goal of beginning a new movement in cinema. The group put out such books as For a New Kind of Movie (Hakminsa Publishing Company, 1984), and the Theory of Movement in Film (1984). It made the film Pannoli (Seoyeongjip, 8mm) - the first independently made documentary in Korea - with the participation of Park Kwang-su, Kim Hong-joon, Hwang Gyu-deok, and Moon Won-lip as part of a cultural movement and collaboratively produced other 8mm films