In Jesa I reconstruct the Korean tradition of funerary rites, referred to as jesa, for my grandfather who passed during the Covid outbreak in Argentina. I ask my father to remember my grandfather’s favorite song and sing it. It is a song about refugees during the Korean war saying goodbye to each other at a pass in between two mountains, unsure if they will ever see each other again. Perhaps by my father singing, my brothers embracing, my mother and father kissing, and me making this film, we can reconstruct these bridges, to see one another as we are.
Jonathan V Lee
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