Daily Trust (Abuja)

9 December 2012

Nigeria: Glamour at Korean Film Festival in Abuja

In a bid to continually improve its ties with Nigeria and promote cultural exchange, the Korean Cultural Centre in Abuja hosted its third annual film festival at the Silverbird Entertainment Centre.

The event which kicked off Tuesday night, November 27, had the Korean Ambassador in Nigeria HE Mr. Choi Jong-hyun in attendance as well as members of the diplomatic corps, culture buffs and friends of Korea in Abuja.

The event had commenced with mingling, as guests milled around, drinks in hand, savouring the ambience and friendship as well as the cocktail of Korean cuisines.

This paved way for speeches, which were mostly brief and devoid of too much formality. The Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, HE Jong-hyun said his country is committed to enlivening its ties with Nigeria which date back some thirty years, hence the constant engagement on the cultural front to bring not only the governments but the people of the two countries closer.

The organiser of the event and director of the Korean Cultural Centre Mr. Kwon, Yon-ik said they are committed to the annual film exhibition following the successes the two previous editions have enjoyed.

The talks over, guests were ushered into the theatre for the screening of the blockbuster film Barefoot Dreams about a Korean businessman who went to East Timor to trade in sports ware but ended up coaching a youth football team that brought together children from different backgrounds with deep emotional fissures and only poverty in common.

It was a touching and rousing movie and guests were moved to tears and fits of euphoria as they empathised and celebrated with the characters in the movie.

After an emotional start to the exhibition, guests came out of the theatre to a raffle draw where winners carted home some prizes, including sports ware with a grand prize of a flat screen TV going to a lucky young lady.

On subsequent days, the movies 'Scandal Makers' and 'Like a Virgin', the story of a young man who believed he was a woman trapped in a man's body were screened. The festival came to a close Friday night with the screening of 'Detective K: Secret of a virtous Widow'.

This is the second time the festival is holding in Abuja with the second edition having held last year in Lagos.

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