Arirang Market 아리랑시장

A K-Doc about a market based in El Paso, Texas. A place to be closer to home, far away from home...

  • Steven Rulon
  • Alfonso Montano
  • Pedro Espinoza
  • Maeng-In Gomez
    Key Cast
  • Miguel Gomez
    Key Cast
  • Francisco Cabrera
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 9, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - New Mexico State University
Director Biography - Steven Rulon

Steven Rulon is a Korean filmmaker born in El Paso, Texas. He uses film to connect to his culture of Hispanic and Asian descent. His grandmother, Maeng-In Gomez, used to take him to Arirang Market for various Asian groceries and snacks.

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Director Statement

Producing this film was challenging because I noticed a lot of suppressed emotions regarding my identity as an Asian American. I grew up in El Paso so I constantly found myself "blending" into the crowd and this film felt like a release of that. Reconnecting to my childhood store was a special moment during filming, and hearing the experiences of other customers helped me understand the importance of this location, Arirang is a beacon of community and peace.