The Arson of History, 2011, 12 min
Kristen Zelenka, Ann Arbor, MI
The Arson of History documentary short was created as a student project for Harvard’s 2011 Summer Abroad Program in South Korea. The documentary explores the relationship between Seoul’s 600-year-old South Gate and the surrounding traditional market. An angry South Korean citizen burned the South Gate, deemed “National Treasure Number 1”, to the ground in 2008. The documentary provides a fascinating window into Seoul’s history and the city’s attempt to preserve its past while melding its traditions with the 21st century.