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Soon-Mi Yoo

Soon Mi Yoo
East 120

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 films embrace and expand avant-garde and essayistic modes of non-fiction cinema, reopening forgotten, often suppressed, chapters of modern history in order to explore the still unresolved conflicts and collective memories that continue to haunt and define the Korean Peninsula.

1999 - MFA, Photography, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; 1987 - MA, German Literature, Yonsei University, Korea; 1984 - BA, German Literature, Yonsei University, Korea
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Selected Exhibitions:

  • Harvard Film Archive 
  • 39th Toronto International Film Festival, Wavelengths Program 
  • 67th Locarno International Film Festival Switzerland, Concorso Cineasti del Presente competition 
  • Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal 
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 


  • 2008 - Where She Is, Hyuna Kim (Seoul: Homi Publishers) 
  • 2004 - War and Women, Hyuna Kim (Seoul: Summerhill Publishers) 
  • 2003 - Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, Coco Fusco, Brian Wallis, ed. (Harry N. Abrams) 
  • Comfort Women Speak, Testimony by Sex Slaves of the Japanese Military, Sangmie 
  • 2000 - Choi Schellstede, ed. (New York: Holmes & Meier Publishers) 
  • Academie Schloss Solitude, “Memory and Migration,” Stuttgart, Germany 


  • The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Claremont, CA 
  • University of Michigan, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design 
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 
  • California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA 
  • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA


  • Asia Culture Center, Kwangju, Korea 
  • New York University, New York, NY 
  • The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA 
  • Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 
  • Keene State University, Keene, NH

Selected Awards:

  • 2016 - Traveling Gods (work-in-progress) Invited Visiting Scholar, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan, 2016
  • 2016 - Traveling Gods (work-in-progress) LEF Moving Image Fund 2017: Pre-Production Grant, 2016 
  • 2015 - Songs From the North, Special Jury Award, 17th BAFICI: Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Argentina, International Competition
  • 2014 - Songs From the North, Culturegest First Feature Award/Best First Feature-Length Film Award 12th Doclisboa, Portugal
  • 2014 - Songs From the North, Pardo per la Migliore Opera Prima, Best First Feature “Golden Leopard” Award
  • 2014 - Songs From the North, 67th Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland
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