Independent Filmmakers at the Helm of Cultural Nationalism
This chapter examines independent filmmakers’ participation in the struggle to maintain South Korea’s screen quota system (a protectionist film policy against the “Hollywood invasion”). The chapter explores the screen quota struggle as a critical event, a catalyst for the transformation of the independent filmmaker community from being the marginal social dissidents in the 1980s to becoming a symbol of Korean cultural nationalism. KIFA members’ potent symbolic connection to the 3-8-6 generation became the uniting trope of cultural nationalism; they portrayed the screen quota struggle as a legitimate offspring of the Korean social movement against American influence both political and cultural.
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