Directed by Zhang Lu; China/Korea/France, 2009; 89 min.
Korean food reception will be provided by Green Pepper prior to screening!
Supported by the Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh Chapters of LiNK (Liberty in North Korea) Dooman River is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2011 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.
"[Dooman River] is writer-director Zhang Lu’'s fascinating window into a rarely seen corner of rural China.”" --Global Lens
2010 Jury Prize, Paris Cinema International Film Festival
2010 Best Director, East & West International Film Festival
2010 Best Actress, East & West International Film Festival
2010 Crystal Bear, Special Mention; Berlin International Film Festival
Twelve-year-old Chang-ho lives in a small town in China along the frozen river that borders North Korea. Despite the constant presence of poverty and hardship in the community that the family calls home, people of the town have remained sympathetic toward the Korean refugees fleeing famine and misery. Chang-ho finds friendship with one of the young border-crosser who comes to the town scavenging food for his sibling. But he soon turns on his new friend as suspicions mount against the illegal immigrants. He finds himself in a quandary over his loyalties in an exquisitely detailed story of compassion and strife across an uneasy geopolitical border.
was born in Jilin-Sheng, China in 1962. He studied Chinese literature at Yenben
University and began writing poetry and novels in 1986. He made his feature debut with Tang
Poetry in 2004, and his second feature film, Grain in Ear, was invited to the 2005 Critics’ Week in Cannes, where it won the ACID/CCAS Support Award. Dooman River is his fifth feature film.