Film festival: Award-winning Korean movie screened

Published: December 25, 2016

ISLAMABAD: As part of its annual film festival to promote cultural interaction and strengthen  people-to-people contact, the Embassy of South Korea on Friday organised a special screening of the award-winning movie “How to Steal a Dog”.

The film was screened at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts with support from the Korea Foundation.

Its plot revolves around a 10-year-old girl Ji-so who lives in a van with her mother and younger brother. One day, after coming across a poster for a missing dog which offered a $500 reward, Ji-so gets an idea.

To escape her life of poverty, Ji-so hatches a plan with her friend to find a dog which has a rich owner, steal the dog and then return it by pretending to have found it and get the reward.

Ji-so kidnaps Wolly, the dog of an old rich lady who owns the restaurant where her mother works, and then hides the dog in an abandoned building. However, she finds an unusual competitor for the dog who also has the same plan.

The 2014 film, directed by Kim Sung-ho and based on the novel of the same name by Barbara O’Connor, is a heart-warming film which pits together a strong sense of justice within its lead character against her desperate situation with a means-to-an-end morality.

Earlier, South Korean Ambassador Dr Suh Dong-gu stressed on the need for more cultural exchanges and interaction among the two countries.

PNCA Director General Jamal Shah appreciated the efforts of the Korean Embassy to share their cultural and artistic creativity with Pakistan.

“These endeavours would cement the already existing relations between the two nations,” Shah added.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 25th, 2016.

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