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Idil Ibrahim is watching "Burning" - IG Live May 15 @ 7.00pm EST


What are you watching?

Burning, Lee Chang-dong, 2018


Why did you decide to watch or re-watch this movie now?

I was seeking a bit of an escape and decided to revisit some of my favourite films. Burning by Lee Chang-dong is one of those films that stay with you. The first time I saw the film, a little over a year ago, I could not stop thinking about it. For weeks. I thought it was masterful. About a year later, I saw Parasite by Bong Joon-Ho which officially solidified my love for Korean cinema. Both films examine social inequity and class difference in South Korea in complimentary ways and with exquisite directorial vision. Being the film nerd that I am, I wanted to get lost in Lee Chang-dong's work a second time around, and it was one of my best decisions during quarantine.


How did you watch the movie this time?

Viewing Burning for the second time was nearly as good and as satisfying as the first time. It may have been slightly better because having a sense of the story (and ending), I was able to appreciate Chang-dong's directing that much more. The film is rich with evocative foreshadowing, symbolism, gorgeous cinematography and subtle metaphors that make it a film lover's dream to watch. (I tend to watch all films at home in the same spot! The couch.)


Were there specific moments in the movie that made you think: "Dang, I wish somebody was watching this with me?" What were those moments and why? If not, why was it suited to watching solo?

The first time I saw Burning, I saw it with someone and we had a lot of side commentary throughout the film and afterwards. The second time I watched it, I viewed it solo. This time I was immersed and lost in the film in a magical way that enhanced the experience in a way I didn't get to experience the first time!

Is there a Covid-19 relief fund or organisation you'd encourage people to give to/and or support?

Rescue and City Harvest.


Tell us about yourself!

Writer, director and producer Idil Ibrahim's films have been featured at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel in Paris, and Sundance Film Festival, among others. Idil was also selected as one of five women directors to direct a short film for Glamour Magazine's The Girl Project for "Get Schooled," a series focusing on girls education around the world in Malawi, India, Brazil and the United States. She is a recipient of the 2017 Extraordinary Women Awards held by the 92nd Street Y, a hub for women to learn and inspire others by sharing their knowledge, ideas, insights and strength. A graduate of UC Berkeley, her work has led her around the world.


Idil directed and produced the film Sega, starring Alassane Sy, which examines the issue of migration and repatriation. Her film Sega was selected as part of the international competition at the prestigious Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival, and went on to win the jury award for Best Short Film at the 2019 Blackstar Film Festival and the Golden Dhow for Best Short Film at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Sega was recently acquired by Canal Plus for distribution throughout Africa and Europe. She is currently attached to direct the feature film adaptation of the Penguin Press novel From A Crooked Rib by author Nuruddin Farah.


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