Women Who Dared: Focus on Korean Women Filmmakers
The Yeonghwa Film Club at the Korean Cultural Centre India turns the spotlight on women filmmakers from Korea this month. It opens with a series of films, exploring not just the images of women on-screen but celebrating their presence behind the camera. The selection of films celebrates the complexity of women’s lives, exploding myths and shaking up perceptions about the kinds of stories women tell about themselves. Locating gender in the space of production, the series look at the diverse cinematic languages employed by women film directors from Korea. A detailed synopsis of the films being showcased is attached.
5:00 pm – Film Screening: My Sweet Baby
Dir. RYU Mi-rye|2010|68 mins|
Ryu, one of the leading Korean independent documentary filmmakers, films her struggles to balance her career and the demands of motherhood. This autobiographical account captures 10 years of her life, including her marriage, the birth of her 3 children and how she raised them. The film is both deeply personal and political, exploring questions of love and labour with great sensitivity and insight.
6:30 pm – Film Screening: Girl Princes
Dir. KIM Hye-jung |2011|81 mins|
This is the story of women who chose to be princes themselves rather than wait for their princes. The Girl Princes delves into the world of Female Gukgeok , a type of Korean musical with an allfemale cast. The travelling acts enjoyed tremendous popularity in the 1950s after the end of the Korean War, garnering legions of female fans. Gradually, however, this art form has witnessed a decline after being unable to get recognition and support from the State. The film tracks the stories of women who left their homes to be on the stage and continue to perform to this day despite their old age.
8:00 pm – A Conversation with the Filmmakers moderated by Uma Chakravarti
Reflections on their filmmaking journey, the practice of documentary filming and the position of women in the Korean film industry by directors Ryu Mi-rye and Kim Hye-jung, moderated by eminent feminist historian Prof. Uma Chakravarti.
8:30 pm – Korean Food Reception
This programme falls under our AsiaLens series which brings together voices from across Asia as they express themselves through the visual and performing arts, presenting a vibrant and nuanced view of modern Asia. Previous events under this series include a discussion on Art and Feminism and a contemporary dance performance by KENTARO!!.
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