Short Documentary Review: News Feed On My… (2022) by Lee Soojung

Lee Soojung’s brief non-fiction film “Information Feed On My…” is one among twelve brief anti-war motion pictures from the primary a part of the marketing campaign “In opposition to The Conflict, In The Title Of Cinema” began by the New Asian Filmmakers Collective. As such, the marketing campaign is a good instance of movie activism.

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The brief is comprised of shut photographs of the director’s Fb newsfeed opened on her cellphone and her finger swiping via the fixed ballast of reports in regards to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Within the background, we see a newspaper, by no means learn and even touched. 

In its temporary runtime of solely six minutes, Soojung’s film manages to the touch upon many issues that turned obvious within the first days after the Russian military invaded Ukraine. One among them is the unhappy proven fact that up till that time, the nation was largely unknown, particularly within the director’s homeland of South Korea. This turns into most obvious via two very temporary and cleverly added references to Odessa, the place of presumably essentially the most well-known sequence of “Battleship Potemkin”, and the Italian film “Sunflower”, components of which had been shot in Ukraine when the nation was nonetheless a part of the USSR. As Lee herself says in her director’s assertion, she didn’t know that both of the 2 movies are linked with the nation, she considered them as Russian. So, solely when the warfare erupted may she, and plenty of extra folks, we’d assume, discover out that many issues they used to think about as Russian are literally not. 

The second factor Lee’s easy, however efficient, non-fiction brief factors our consideration to is the best way most individuals eat information. Although the standard media remains to be existent, in spite of everything a newspaper is current in a lot of the 4 brief scenes shot in 4 consecutive days, nearly all of folks resolve to study what occurs on the planet via social media, largely from the pages of individuals they like, belief, or who’re merely their mates. In her case, we see her learn and just like the publish of a really small cluster of individuals, in a method permitting them to type her understanding of the invasion and what’s occurring virtually on the different finish of the world from the room in Korea she is confined in, as a consequence of COVID-19. There’s something very weak and trustworthy on this full openness on Lee’s aspect in entrance of the viewer. 

“Information Feed On My…” ends with nonetheless photographs from an anti-war protest in Korea. It’s held presumably on the time when Lee Soojung was shut in her room, scrolling via her cellphone to see the information. This lack of ability to take part within the anti-war effort, one thing that many individuals in comparable or worse conditions than hers should really feel, provides a really elegiac ending to the brief.

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