Kingmaker: Screening and introduction

South-Korean film with introduction
Wednesday 11 Oct 2023, 18:30 - 21:00
Spoken Language

Theil CB-3

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Election time, it seems to bring out the best and worst in politicians. The same goes for the upcoming parliamentary elections in the Netherlands. The promises fly around your ears, but how often are they really kept? Politicians themselves often know that some proposals are unrealistic. Nevertheless, they are made. How should you deal with this as a politician? Are such lies permissible in the grab for power? Do you sometimes have to go far to achieve your ideals?

These questions are the central theme of the Korean political thriller Kingmaker (2022). The film is a dramatic retelling of the story of South Korean President Kim Dae-Joong (1998-2003) and his campaign strategist. The latter was willing to go overboard to achieve victory, to the displeasure of the idealistic Kim Dae-Joong. How does a politician balance the dichotomy between integrity and achieving ideals? Do the two necessarily lie apart? And what is the role of "spin doctors" at election time?

Dr. Chris Aalberts will introduce the film in relation to the campaign battle in the Netherlands and the stakes that are involved. Were there moments in the campaign when the work of a spin doctor was clearly evident? And did any politicians actually stumble on integrity? And how is the Netherlands doing compared to South Korea?

Dr. Chris Aalberts (ESHCC) researches the relationship between citizens and politics, focusing on journalistic innovation, populism, social media, spin doctoring, popularization, the European Union, local politics and youth. He is also a political reporter and author of, among others, a book about the Dutch political party of Thierry Baudet (2020).

This film screening is a collaboration between Studium Generale and dr. Delia Dumitrica, Associate Professor in Political Communication at ESHCC.

Kingmaker (Kingmeikeo) I 2022 I Director: Byun Sung-hyun I 123 minutes I South Korea

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Date: Wednesday 11 October 2023
Time: 18:30 – 21:00 uur (doors open: 18:15 uur )
Location: Theil building, CB-3
Moderation: dr. Delia Dumitrica
Cost: Free

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