What's on at Phoenix Picturehouse - Picturehouse Docs
Directors: Ross Adam, Robert Cannan. UK 2016. 98 mins.
It’s one of the most bizarre true stories in movie-industry history. South Korean director Sang-ok Shin and actor Eun-hee Choi met on set in the 1950s, and their celebrity romance fuelled their box office success for two decades. In the 1970s they divorced, and were then kidnapped – separately – by North Korean agents. After five years’ imprisonment they were reunited by dictator Kim Jong-il – a notorious movie nut – who dubbed them his personal filmmakers. They produced 17 features for him, in around two years, before they finally managed to escape. This stranger-than-fiction story unfolds like a propulsive thriller, with the now 89-year-old Choi providing a rare, poignant and fascinating insight into the hermit kingdom’s inner circle.
Directors: Cassie Quarless, Usayd Younis. UK 2016. 74mins.
After the screening we'll be joined by directors Cassie Quarless and Usayd Younis for a Q&A.
Introducing the powerful stories of London’s new generation of black and brown activists, Generation Revolution explores the successes and unexpected challenges these inspiring young people face. Motivated by the desire for a more equal future, they embark on the rewarding but difficult path that they must tread in their struggle for liberation.
Sonita Alizadeh, a strong-willed teenager who idolizes Rihanna and Michael Jackson, is an aspiring rapper, in spite of all the obstacles she confronts in Iran and from her conservative Afghan family. She is an undocumented Afghan refugee in Tehran, and her family has other plans for her. In this gripping documentary, her dream of living abroad is about to come true just as her
family plan on sending her back home to get married to a much older man. He would give them a lump sum of money, which would allow Sonita's brother to pay the dowry find a bride of his own. While she must now attempt to overcome numerous personal and
bureaucratic hurdles to avoid what seems inevitable, the film's director, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami is also confronted with a dilemma: should she interfere to help her or let things unfold in front of her eyes and of the camera? The film offers an incredible insight into the life of a young Afghan woman in Iran and the hurdles she must overcome to be able to live
her dream of becoming a singer.
For all Discover Tuesdays screenings of Sonita on 29 November, tickets for under-24s are just £4. They can only be claimed in person at the cinema with proof of age.