An Omnivorous Family’s Dilemma (Jap-sik-ga-jo-gui-dil-le-ma)

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Roxie Theater Tue, Jun 2, 2015 8:30 PM
Film Info
Director:Hwang Yun
Year of Production:2014
Film Type:Feature
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Country:Republic of Korea
Running Time:105 min


Korean with English subtitles

An Omnivorous Family’s Dilemma takes place against the backdrop of a nationwide slaughter of livestock in Korea to tackle foot-and-mouth disease. Filmmaker Yun witnesses hundreds of pigs buried alive in a neighborhood farm and begins a journey to learn more about pigs, animal welfare and becoming vegetarian. As she develops a bond with the lovely pigs and acknowledges another side of the farm and meat industry, it becomes more difficult for her to enjoy pork cutlets. This is not a simple decision in Korea, her husband and young son, Do-young, do not make her choice of daily menus easier. This is a film of discovery: revealing the impacts of intensive pig farming and the personal implications of our food choices.

DISCUSSION WITH: Hwang Yun, director (via Skype); Katie Cantrell, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (in person).

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Hwang Yun was born in Seoul in 1972 and majored in English Literature at Ehwa Woman's University in Seoul. Starting with her first documentary film Farewell in 2001 that depicted the life and death of wild animals in zoo, director Hwang Yun has been making independent documentary films on endangered wild animals and the ecosystem.