a film by
Soon-Mi Yoo

Documentary | 90' | EUA - Portugal - South Korea - Japan


TRAVELING GODS is an essay film exploring the strikingly different paths taken by Christianity in Korea and Japan and examining how Korea became the most Christian nation in Asia today while Japan remains the least evangelized country in the world. Traveling through the intertwined histories of Christianity in these neighboring countries, the film examines the complex role played by Buddhism, Confucianism and Western imperialism in both countries’ different receptions of a foreign God.


Born in South Korea, Soon-Mi Yoo studied German Literature at Yonsei University before earning an MFA in Photography at the Massachusetts College of Arts where she is currently a member of the Film/Video faculty.

Yoo's first feature film SONGS FROM THE NORTH looks differently at the enigma of North Korea, a country typically seen only through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and derisive satire. SONGS FROM THE NORTH won the prestigious Golden Leopard for Best First Feature at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, the prize for Best First Feature at DocLisboa 2014 and the Special Jury Prize at BAFICI 2015.


Yoo's films have screened at major international film festivals, including Locarno, Toronto, Hong-Kong, Taipei, Rio de Janeiro, the Viennale, Rotterdam, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Hamburg, Goteborg, FilmMadrid, Oberhausen as well as the the Harvard Film Archive, the Centre Pompidou and MoMA.

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