Still from 햇빛 봐라 / Get Some Sunshine, 2022, HD video, colour, sound, 21 minutes 30 seconds
Directed, filmed and edited by Ellie Kyungran Heo
Commissioned by Arts Council Korea’s project ‘Recording COVID-19 through Art’
Get Some Sunshine was selected as a valuable preservation video and registered in the national data sources by the National Library of Korea. The piece is now held on a permanent basis in the National Library of Korea Collection.
A lady in her mid-70s was social and active. Although she took heart medicine every day, she continued to participate in various gatherings and activities. However, after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she gave up all outdoor activities, spending most of her time in or around the home. Since then, she has unfurled conversations with plants on the balcony, plants in the kitchen and those rooted in the vegetable garden too.
Get Some Sunshine explores a day in the life of this lady (the film director’s mother) and the solidarity she developed with companion plants during the pandemic.