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Elderly Korean couple upset over sudden fame through low-budget doc

A couple in their 80s from rural Korea found themselves bombarded with media attention after a documentary about their daily life with their 30-year-old cow became a hit among their countrymen. The couple have complained that the tranquility of their village and their lives has been disrupted by the sudden and explosive media interest in them thanks to the surprise popularity of the independent film Old Partner, which played to record audiences in Korea for an indie film and was also the first South Korean documentary to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.
February 12, 2009

A couple in their 80s from rural Korea found themselves bombarded with media attention after a documentary about their daily life with their 30-year-old cow became a hit among their countrymen. The couple have complained that the tranquility of their village and their lives has been disrupted by the sudden and explosive media interest in them thanks to the surprise popularity of the independent film Old Partner, which played to record audiences in Korea for an indie film and was also the first South Korean documentary to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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