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Like a Rolling Stone

PARK So-hyun

71min Korea 2018

#아트 # 여성 # 휴먼


Having danced for over 50 years and taught at university for 35 years, dancer NAM Jeong-ho now faces retirement. Even when others defined her as someonemins daughter, mother, or wife, she built her own career as a dancer and acquired social status. She wonders how it must feel to leave her days of glamour behind and become as forgotten as a rolling stone. She spends 8 days dancing with some teenagers and young people placed outside of the established system, which then helps her reflect upon her own life and share a special bond of sympathy with her students.


PARK So-hyun

PARK So-hyun majored in film at university and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in film studies. She has worked on a wide range of video projects with teenagers. In recent years, her 2015 feature film The Knitting Club received the NAWFF Award from the Network of Asian Women's Film Festivals and the Documentary Award at the 2017 Women in Film Korea Festival.


For a few years, dancer NAM Jeong-ho has run master classes for young students at the Haja Center. The film chronicles the ten-day-long 2017 summer master class by the middle-aged elite artist who must now leave behind her title as a university professor. The young participants of the master class hope to discover themselves through dance. Inspired by Bob DYLAN's song 'Like a Rolling Stone', this dance community ensures that its members go through life fearlessly 'with no direction home / A complete unknown, like a rolling stone.' In order to express the pressure of being a dancer at the height of her career as well as an educator, NAM Jeong-ho created 'Self-portrait' in 1988, in which she took her clothes off one by one only to put them back on and turn around at the end. On the other hand, in the improvisational dance theatre produced by her students, a twenty-something woman named Goda gives away her extravagant clothes to others and departs happily. The songs of Joan BAEZ and Bob DYLAN overcome the generation gap of 30 years and find new audiences through dance. Dynamic sounds and images are used to depict encounters among different lifestyles that make our hearts beat faster. We find a truly responsible grown-up in NAM, who willingly shares her gift with the younger generation. The youths shine with enviable brilliance. (JEONG Minah)

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