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Korean Film Fest Kicks Off in Kathmandu

2011/04/05 | 320 views | Permalink | Source

Movies sometimes open up a whole new world for the audience and the sixth Korean Film Festival kicked off in Nepal offering a peek into what life is like in Korea.
Around 100 people gathered at Kathmandu on Monday to celebrate the opening night of the five-day festival.
The bi-annual event aims to further promote Korean movies to the Nepalese despite their already soaring popularity in the country.

[Interview : Hong Sungmog, Korean Ambassador to Nepal] "The Korean Wave was not very big in South Asia. The Korean Embassy began hosting the Korean Film Festival four years ago to introduce the Korean culture to the Nepalese".

Nepal has been hit hard by the Korean Wave and the nation's younger generation view Korean movies as a gateway to experience what life is like in Korea.

[Interview : Sajendra Man Bajracharya, Student] "Besides we get the opportunity to know about Korea thorugh the movies because it is the reflection of the Korean life, I guess. So I think the whole idea is absolutely amazing and this idea is absolutely fantastic".

Korean movies, although popular, are not offered at movie theatres and are only available through DVDs.
And since the country cuts power for 14 hours every day, it's hard to watch movies at home making the film festival the perfect event for fans of Korean movies.

[Interview : Chung Yeon-cheol, Kathmandu Resident] "There is no theatres that screen Korean movies in Nepal. The Nepalese are already familiar with Korean movies because they watched it through DVDs, so I think the movie festival will be well-received".

Last year, the event drew around 1-thousand peopleand this year's festival screening four movies such as "My Sassy Girl" and "Haeundae" is expected to draw even more.
And with the consistent successful hostings of the biweekly festival the Korean embassy is influencing others to start a similar event.

[Interview : Alexander Spachis, EU Ambassador to Nepal] "I would love to if I can manage the necessary resources, I would gladly do it. It's something worth doing because it helps the other nations understand us better".

[Reporter : Hwang Sung-hee ssung86@arirang.co.kr] "The organizers of the movie festival hope that their efforts will further contribute to the bringing Korea just one step closer to Nepal.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News, Kathmandu".

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