Toronto Korean Film Festival – May Screening

Image courtesy of the Toronto Korean Film Festival

With all the Korean films, festivals and screenings that have been happening recently I’ve been in Hallyu heaven. Seriously, 2012 is shaping up to be a fabulous year to be a Korean culture lover – there are just so many wonderful events happening! Yay!

Next up in that list of wonderful events is the May screening of “Kimchi Chronicles” by the Toronto Korean Film Festival. Not to be confused with the Korean Film Festival that just happened, the Toronto Korean Film Festival (or TKFF for short) is a 9 day film festival that will be running from June 22nd to July 1st. They have been holding a free screening each month from February to May to promote Korean films and their new film festival (2012 will be the inaugural year). These free screenings are a part of their “Korean Directors Retrospective”. The first three have passed – they were “Nowhere to hide”, directed by LEE Myung-Se (February), “M” by the same director (March) and the documentary “The People’s Crisis” by LiNK (April).

The May screening will be of “Kimchi Chronicles”. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show, it’s an American TV food show which airs on PBS. It’s frankly beautiful to watch if you have any interest in Korean food, Korea or travel in general. The show stars Marja Vongerichten and her husband, Jean-Georges Vongerichten (a world-renowned French chef). Marja, her husband and other friends and family like Hugh Jackman (yes, that Hugh Jackman) take us on a fascinating journey of discovery of Korean food (known as Hansik) and Korea throughout the show. It’s not just a simple cooking show but also a wonderful glimpse into Korean culture, travel and the Vongerichten family. Don’t worry though, there’s lots of food too!

I love “Kimchi Chronicles” and would highly recommend the show to anyone interested in Korean food or culture. In fact, I’m thinking seriously of buying Marja’s cookbook (I love cookbooks and cooking) that was spawned from this show. If you haven’t seen “Kimchi Chronicles” than come on out May 26th and check out the show. You won’t regret it. Even if you have seen it, come out and bring your friends as I’m sure it will be a fun night.

Still on the fence about attending the screening? Did I mention that it was FREE!! Come on, you know you want to. Don’t forget to say ‘Hi’ if you see me, I’ll be there.

Just the facts:

  • What: screening of “Kimchi Chronicles”
  • Who: presented by the Toronto Korean Film Festival
  • When: Saturday May 26 at 7:30pm
  • Where: Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue)
  • Cost: free
  • TKFF website
  • Kimchi Chronicles website

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday – this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it’s taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I’m the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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