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Heart of Snow: afterlife

Soyoung Kim
2018 | 16min 55sec | color | DCP | English subtitles


Screening schedule

Date Time Theater Information
2019.03.23(Sat) 11:00 Lotte Cinema Hongik Univ 2
2019.03.27(Wed) 17:00 Lotte Cinema Hongik Univ 1



Heart of Snow: afterlife is resonant with Exile trilogy, three feature-length documentaries including the first Heart of Snow, Heart of Blood. It traces Koryo people(ethnic Koreans in Central Asia and Russia). Heart of Snow: afterlife captures the scenes of genocide in Vladivostok, Russia in the 1920s as well as the aftermath of traumatic mass deportation of ethnic minorities to Central Asia. In this trajectory, one encounters Alexandra Petrovna Kim, a Korean revolutionary political activist who joined the Bolsheviks in 1916. She is known as the first Korean communists in Russia.


Director's Statement

The year 1937, when deportation of Koryo people was committed by Stalin regime, is important for the understanding of history and culture of Koryo diaspora. Koryo people started move to far east Russia since 1860. In this film, Heart of Snow: afterlife, I look back the life of Koryo people in the 1910~1920s and some parts of current life. Alexandra Petrovna Kim, Korean female socialist in Russia, was executed after the revolution, and Shin-han Village Massacre occurred in Vladivostok. This film is about the tragic history of Koryo people, represented by two North Korean defectors, Kuk-in Choi and Jonghoon Kim, and Haklim Kae, the son of Korean independence activist. All their presence and absence bring back the memories of historical incidents.



Soyoung Kim
Soyoung Kim has made ‘Women's History Trilogy’(, , ) which was screened at many international film festivals including Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. She also has made a feature-length fiction film entitled (Kyung)(2010) and a documentary about African traders in Guangzhou, China. Her recent works on Koryo people include ‘Exile Trilogy’ which consists of , , and .

2017 Goodbye My Love North Korea, 89min, Director
2017 The 43rd Seoul Independent Film Festival - Special Invitation Feature
2017 The 22nd Busan International Film Festival - Wide Angle - Documentary Showcase

2016 Sound of Nomad: Koryo Arirang, 87 min, Director
2017 The 6th Toronto Korean Film Festival
2017 The 14th EBS International Documentary Film Festival - Korean Documentary Panorama

2016 Heart of Snow: afterlife, 16min, Director
2016 National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, exhibition & screening
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Collection

2015 Drifting City, 70min, Director
2015 The 20th Busan International Film Festival - Wide Angle
2015 Seoul Independent Film Festival - competition

2014 Heart of Snow, Heart of Blood, 98min, Director
2016 Ludwig Cinema, Germany - screening
2015 The 17th International Women’s Film Festival - New Current

2014 Kim Alex’s Place: Ansan-Tashkent, 60min, Director
2014 DMZ International Documentary Film Festival
2014 EBS International Documentary Festival

2009 Viewfinder, 94min, Director
2010 The 12th Seoul International Women’s Film Festival - New Current
2009 The 14th Busan International Film Festival - Korean Cinema Today


Producer     Kim Soyoung  Kang Jinseok 
Cinematographer     Kang Jinseok 
Editor     Kim Soyoung  Kang Jinseok 


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