DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival



A close-up of the powers at work in mating rituals: powers of attraction and repulsion. Copperplate prints, drawings and photos flicker at different points on the screen, almost like breathing. Phallic loops of attraction and struggle are choreographed in the abstract by Chaerin Im. The musical accompaniment by Roger Kim follows the multiplying images which sometimes arrange themselves in triptychs.

Nadja Rademacher


Original Title: Mate Country: USA Year: 2019 Language: _without dialogue Subtitle: _without dialogue / subtitles Runtime: 4 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour and B&W Director: Chaerin Im Producer: Chaerin Im Cinematographer: Chaerin Im, Ray Chang Editor: Chaerin Im Animation: Chaerin Im Music: Roger Kim Sound: Shanthal Caba

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