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Under Construction + pre-recorded Q&A

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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Film: Under Construction, Jang Yunmi, South Korea, 2018, DCP, 88 minutes, Korean with English subtitles

Jang’s award-winning first feature reflects on the routine of construction worker Sudoek. From a captivating, careful look, as he manufactures reinforcement bars, the film gradually uncovers the physical, emotional and mental impact of his forty-year career in construction. Jang’s compositions, as she delicately interlaces their discussions with her footage, explore the boundaries between the public and the private. On-camera interviews and phone conversations define the soundscape, and as the voices’ tonal dynamics change so does the texture of the spaces that make up the geography of the film. A family dimension is revealed early on and remains integral to the film’s perspective throughout this portrait of a working life. The factory, a highway, building sites, Jang’s apartment, the countryside: each appear as if existing on a continuous yet ever-changing spatial spectrum in Under Construction, as Jang contemplates the consequences of the labour-centred mindset of a generation.

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