Dear Chaemin

Short documentary
Three-Channel Installation
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2020 | 17:15 | COLOR | STEREO | Korean
Nominated for the Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds Award, Nederlands Film Festival (2020, The Netherlands)
Semi-Finalist for the International Moving Film Festival (2020, Iran)
Nominated for the Non-Linear Narrative Department Award (2020, The Netherlands)

Synopsis The current COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affects communities that were already marginalized prior to the Coronavirus due to racism, sexism, homo- and transphobia. The pandemic state of alert has once more evidenced the extent of social fragmentation and discrimination which has been systematically sustained for decades.

Dear Chaemin is a series of three video letters sent by Cyan Bae from The Hague to her sister in Seoul in the midst of social isolation. The autofictional film juxtaposes the Korean and Dutch contexts of contact tracing, biopolitics and crowd control practices, each of which intensifies the stigmatization and violence against queer communities and people of Asian descent. While yearning for the Post-Corona in the New Normal, should we wish the normal back?

A Film by
Cyan Bae

Original Score by
nuel ︎Bandcamp

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