KFN Living Memories: Halmoni

  • Director

    Daniel Kim

  • Genre

  • Release Date


  • Runtime

    65 mins

  • Cert


  • Awards

    - FIDBA 2018 (Argentina)
    - CINE EN GRANDE 2019 (Argentina)
    - Construir Cine 2019 (Argentina)

Jo Ok Sim, Halmoni (meaning grandmother in Korean) of the title, reflects on her life as she tends the flowers in her nursery farm at the southernmost tip of Argentina, Ushuaia. Arriving here in 1974 with her schoolteacher husband, he noticed that nobody grew lettuce, and persuaded the government to give him some land so he could try. This is the story of how one unassuming family changed the landscape of this beautiful but remote region. Made by her grandson, director Daniel Kim, this personal, understated film weaves home movies and photographs through observational cinematography, to tell the story of their adventure, and how the current generations preserve their Korean identity. Daniel Kim’s first documentary feature is a sensitive, loving, homage to his grandmother that will move audiences, as he reveals a woman who is as resilient and beautiful as the orchards she says can, ‘grow anywhere.’


Paula Maguire


The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with director, Daniel Kim.