Crossing Beyond

USA | NR | 100 min | English, Korean


State Theatre - Screen 1 Sun, May 12, 2019 6:00 PM
Emagine Royal Oak - Aud 6 Sat, May 18, 2019 3:00 PM
Event Info
Film Section:World Documentary
Ann Arbor
Royal Oak
Sponsored By:UM NAM Center for Korean Studies
Audience Award:Yes
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Run Time (in minutes):100
Premiere Status:US Premiere
Production Country:USA
Subtitles:with English subtitles
Previous Festivals:Tokyo International Film Festival. Busan International Film Festival
Tallinn International Film Festival
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Yi Seung-jun


“Flowers bloom on every border” wrote Korean poet Ham Min-Bok, a metaphor which inspired acclaimed documentarian Yi Seung-jun to explore how the Olympic values reach across borders of all kinds to deliver hope. Crossing Beyond follows a select group of athletes from diverse backgrounds – British snowboarder Billy Morgan, Ghanaian skeleton racer Akwasi Frimpong, ice hockey player Park Yoon-jung and the unified Korean team, Austrian ski jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, and Afghani Alpine skiers Sayed Alishah Farhang and Sajjad Husaini – as they navigate the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. It tells the stories of athletes compelled to confront personal, social, political and geographical boundaries in the face of daunting challenges. YI SEUNG-JUN captures the Olympic spirit and soul of this edition of the Olympic Games, celebrating their essence by asking deeper questions about the value of sport beyond the podium.