London Korean Film Night: Bandhobi (2009)

Bandhobi is a story about the crossover between two different cultures and the friendship it can spark. As the title suggests, “female friend” in Bengali, the film follows the evolving relationship between Min-seo, a 17-year old rebellious Korean girl, and Karim, a 29-year old Muslim migrant worker from Bangladesh. This character-driven film subtly explores many areas of importance: racism, illegal immigration, family dynamics, the education system and working conditions with great sensitivity and realism. Both characters bring distinctive critical outlooks: Min struggles with a broken relationship with her mother and an absent father while Karim is desperately trying to retrieve the unpaid wages from his employer. Both are lost souls in a society they feel disenfranchised from. Their unique friendship helps them finally address and voice the questions so quietly hidden under social conventions and ignorance.

Directors: Shin Dong-il
Cast: Mahbub Alam, Baek Jin-hee , Choi In-sook
Running Time: 107 min / Eng Subs / 18 Cert
Event Date: 4 May, 7:00pm
Location: KCCUK
Booking: Free admission, booking essential. To reserve your place, please RSVP to or 02070042600

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