We selected 5 Documentaries you cannot miss at the 19th Seoul International Women’s Film Festival that is taking place from June 1st – 7th, in Seoul (South Korea).
For Vagina’s Sake by Kim Bo-ram – South Korea | 2017 – 73 min.
Woman’s body bleeds regardless of her will. Through untold ages, this bleeding has been the symbol of secret, mystery, fervor and disavowal. The process of bleeding which has been taken care of with any absorbent materials, however, has undergone changes through critical moments of human history. NPR, the public channel in USA declared the year 2015 as ‘The Year of the Period,’ and ‘Free Bleeding Movement’ arose also in Korea. Numerous startup companies launched products for “New Bleeding.” Over a million viewers are visiting pages of sanitary-products-reviewing youtuber, and politicians start to talk about the blood. The walls of information collapse, and women choose their own way of “how to bleed.”
June 2nd Friday – Megabox Sinchon 2 – 17:00 pm
June 4th Sunday – Megabox Sinchon 5 – 17:30 pm
Girl Power by Sany, Jan Zajicek – Czech Republic | 2016 – 90 min.
Girl Power is a documentary about women who devote their lives to the graffiti subculture normally dominated by males. At the heart of the documentary is the strong autobiographical story of Praguegraffiti artist – a female writer called Sany, who made the film herself, travelling around the world overmore than the seven years, making friends with women writers from fifteen different cities.A fascinatingtravelogue, it gives a new perspective on a phenomenon more often characterized by the general publicas vandalism, but which can also be a way of life.
June 5th Monday – Megabox Sinchon 5 – 10:00 am
June 7th Wednesday – Megabox Sinchon Comfort 4 – 18:30 pm
Our Marriages – When Lesbians Marry Gay Men by He Xiaopei, Yuan Yuan
China | 2012 – 42 min.
The demand to marry and multiply is high, many Chinese lesbians and gay men adopt an unusual arrangement to alleviate such pressure. They adopt a form of contract marriage with terms and conditions of marriage, then carry out the wedding for their families. The film follows four lesbians and documenting their maneuvers. It raises important questions in regard to the marriage institution and homosexual life in contemporary Chinese society.
June 3rd Saturday – Megabox Sinchon Comfort 4 – 17:30 pm
June 5th Monday – Megabox Sinchon Comfort 4 – 14:30 pm
Small Talk by Huang Hui-chen – Taiwan | 2016 – 88 min.
Every morning, my mother wakes up, prepares my lunch, and takes off. Every evening, my mom comes home, washes up, closes her bedroom door, and is asleep by 9PM. We live in the same space, my mother and I. But for decades now, we are like strangers under one roof. No hellos, no goodbyes, and no “I love you.” Silence permeates our house as I watch her, knowing that beneath the deafening silence lies a secret that weighs heavily on her and knowing that behind her tightly pursed lips is a shame so overbearing that it suffocates her. One day, I finally summon up the courage to sit her down and make her talk. But am I ready to hear what she has to say? Are we ready to face what’s been buried for so long?
June 4th Sunday – Megabox Sinchon Comfort 4 – 18:00 pm
June 6th Tuesday – Megabox Sinchon 5 – 20:30 pm
We Are Here by Zhao Jing, Shi Tou – China | 2016 – 58 min.
What happens when 300 lesbians from around the world attend the largest United Nations conference? How did two busloads of lesbians headed to an underground nightclub help spark the birth of a lala movement in China? At the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the first ever lesbian tent at an UN NGO Forum was created. At the tent, ideas were shared, connections were made, identities were assured… with a growing emergence of energy for change.
June 3rd Saturday – Megabox Sinchon Comfort 4 – 14:30 pm
June 5th Monday – Megabox Sinchon Comfort 4 – 17:30 pm
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