Created by Doh Lee, Beyond Identity is a short film consisting of four stories, each a reflection of personal and collective conflicts, tensions, and experiences of North Korean defectors to the UK. Lee employs moving image as a tool of introspection, a creative mode that isolates the depth of emotion, as it follows the frenzy of movement.
The film brings together symbolism, narrative, and memorable characters, in a search for clues about a personal and historical past, and an attempt to imagine the future. With a focus on the cultural and emotional significance of escaping, of the journey from social and political confinement to freedom, Beyond Identity tests the possibilities of imagination as a form of interrogation.
These stories become compact narrative entities, formed by sound, gesture, presence and absence, investigating articulations of identity through resistance and liberation.