At the 60th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Boram Kim from South Korea was awarded with the Golden Dove 2017, funded by the Sparkasse Leipzig Media Foundation and endowed with 10,000 euros. Boram Kim’s film Baek-gu won the Next Masters competition, having competed successfully against ten other productions.
The film begins with the search for a stray dog living in a Seoul neighborhood. On a subconscious level, all of the neighbors seem to have met the dog before. The director asks them about the homeless animal but apparently nobody is able to give an answer - everybody is only interested in their own lives. The documentary focuses more and more on the stories of the people from Seoul, painting an increasingly sad picture of the people - who almost never leave their own little world.
Stephan Seeger, Managing Director of the Media Foundation and Director of the Sparkasse Foundations, warmly congratulated her: "This documentary film by South Korean filmmaker Boram Kim paints an equally exciting and depressing picture of the people in this part of Seoul, who rather seem to be interested in their own world only and are thus almost unable to see what is happening right in front of their doors. We hope that the prize money will help Boram Kim in realizing her next film." The film's international premiere was held at the festival.