The life of Halla Pai Huhm (1922 – 1994), who pioneered the preservation of Korean culture and heritage in Hawaiâ€˜i through dance, is the subject of a documentary being produced by filmmaker Billie Lee.
Moving Home: The Legacy of Halla Pai Huhm is the first documentary film to explore the career of Huhm, who established the longest-running Korean dance studio in the Islands and left behind an important cultural legacy. The film is scheduled to be completed in time for release in January 2013, coinciding with the 110th anniversary of the beginning of Korean immigration to Hawaiâ€˜i.
The Center for Korean Studies will sponsor an introduction to this project on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Center, 1881 East-West Road, on the UH Manoa campus. Meet the film’s director/producer, see a short work-in-progress preview of the film, and enjoy a performance by dancers from the Halla Huhm Dance Studio. It’s free and open to the public.
Beyond simply tracing Huhmâ€™s life story, the documentary will explore universal questions surrounding how we define and establish our identities and how we can find a sense of community in a multi-faceted world.
The filmmaker, Billie Lee, is a second-generation Korean American visual artist. Born in Korea, reared in New York City, and now living in Honolulu, she strives to find subjects that illuminate how we are connected through complex social and historical circumstances and how art and film can create a space for reflection. Her previous work includes a video documentary based on her journey to North Korea. Her work has been shown in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Barcelona, and Hallein, Austria, with awards including a Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea. She holds degrees from the Yale School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design.
For more information about the documentary project, see http://www.legacyofhallahuhm.com or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about the February 21 event, including information about access for the handicapped, telephone the Center at (808) 956‑7041. Paid visitor parking is available in the lot next to the Center after 4:00 p.m. weekdays (see http://www.hawaii.edu/parking/resources/MapFiles/visitorparkingmap.pdf).