JTBC’s documentary program won the Platinum Award in the Film Documentary category at this year’s 54th Houston International Film Festival.
Earlier, “Back to the Books,” which was selected as an international co-production support work by the Korea Communications Authority (KCA) in 2018, won the top prize at the 2019 Broadcast Content Awards and has already received high acclaim in Korea. The film won another award at the Houston International Film Festival, and its work has been recognized worldwide.
Back to the Books” is a program that sheds light on the secrets of running a world-famous bookstore with a long history and their contribution to social change. Over the course of four parts, we will explore bookstores in China, France, Japan, and Korea to see how they are changing the culture of their cities and countries. Actor Jang Dong-gun will serve as the host and narrator.
Originally aired on JTBC in October 2019, Back to the Books was later exported to Japan and aired on NHK in prime time in 2020; from the end of 2020, it will be available in the North American region through OTT platforms, and in 2021, it will be available in 15 other It will be broadcast on 15 platforms around the world including Europe and South America in 2021.
In response to the award, Jang Dong-gun said, “As an actor, I am happy and honored that ‘Back to the Books,’ my first film as a presenter, won an award at the Houston International Film Festival, one of the three major film festivals in the United States. I hope that more people can feel the peace and warmth that analog gives through paper books. I hope that our families, society, and the people around us will take more interest in books.
Director Kim Tae-yong said, “This award is all the more meaningful because it was given in the film documentary category, not the television category. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to actor Jang Dong-gun, who appeared as a presenter, and share this joy with all the people who worked so hard together to make Back to the Books,” he said.
The Houston International Film Festival, which began in 1961, is the third-longest-running film festival in North America after the New York Film Festival and the San Francisco Film Festival. 2021’s 54th awards ceremony was held online due to the new coronavirus.