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Bagages w/ Migration

  • Fenimore Art Museum 5798 State Highway 80 Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)
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Post-screening discussion

with Paul Tom and Mélissa Lefebvre


Bagages opens as a performance, but then turns the spotlight on newly arrived teenage immigrants studying at Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d'Outremont High School in Montréal. Through drama workshops, theater production, and deeply personal interviews, the film illuminates their stories of immigration and integration. Their articulate, interesting accounts move between an “elsewhere” and a “before” to become a “here and now.” With a wisdom well beyond their years, these young students share surprising narratives about their journeys with compelling emotion and a disarming level of authenticity. The film offers fresh and open insights into passage, arrival, and assimilation into a strange and foreign environment—in this case, into our neighbor to the north, Canada. (Paul Tom and Mélissa Lefebvre, 2018, Canada, 52 minutes)



“In Migration the camera is located in a small model train and travels through a desolate world. Although devoid of human presence, we see many different kinds of animals and slowly, as events develop, a possible narrative begins to emerge. As in Hitchcock’s The Birds, the breakdown of the natural order is signaled by the fact that there is something wrong with the animals. . . . I began remembering my dreams when I moved to the States from my home in Seoul, Korea in 2005. In one, I cross a bridge which connects Seoul and New York, I travel to many different places on trains and planes. . . “—Artist Yeon Jin Kim

Yeon Jin Kim’s inventive videos have recently been featured at the Glendale Film Festival, Los Angeles,  the New Filmmaker New York, Anthology Film Archives, NYC (October) and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Philadelphia PA (November). (Yeon Jin Kim, 2008, 8 minutes)

Later Event: November 11
Closing Film: Genesis 2.0