Women Write, Films Remember
Programmed under Cinema & Literature, this sub-section is inspired by the lives of two prominent woman artists, Heo Nanseolheon and Shin Saimdang. A native of Gangneung, Heo was a writer of extraordinary talent during the Joseon Dynasty, while Shin, in addition to her role as a wise mother and good wife, was a gifted painter and writer. However, Heo’s writing was only published posthumously, and Shin’s creativity was undervalued during her lifetime. The lives of the two women seem to draw parallels with those of contemporary women represented in films with strong female narratives.
This section invites female writers who share women’s narratives from different perspective. Writers Jeon Hayoung, Oh Seunghyun, Song Kyunga and Yi Seoyoung will hold a special talk. This year’s program introduces four films. The Indian film Anita delves into the issue of marital rape, and the way women’s social advancement is seen in a negative light. Step into the River is a portrait of Chinese society suffering from the impact of the one-child policy and the tradition of preferring sons to daughters. Five Tiger features a South African woman forced into prostitution in order to make a living and support her family. Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss is a humorously examines the issue of employment insecurity through the story of a female temporary worker and her boss.