The 20th SEOUL International Women’s Film Festival is pleased to screen the barrier-free version of I Can Speak, which allows everyone and anyone the access to all the movie has to offer regardless of their abilities and disabilities. Directed by KIM Hyun-seok and starring NA Moon-hee, I Can Speak is a film that successfully uses comedy, a relatively unusual genre for the subject matter, to depict the life and sorrow of a former comfort woman of the Japanese Imperial Army. In this film, the protagonist Ok-boon starts to communicate with the world by eagerly learning a new “language” and boldly showing her “body” after years of being forgotten by history, government, and family. Based on a true story about the passage of H. Res. 121 on comfort women during the US congressional hearing in 2007, this film maintains a cheerful and comical tone in portraying the strength of the comfort women who continue to live their lives to the fullest despite all they have suffered, instead of simply portraying them as isolated victims in pain. It is particularly meaningful for the SEOUL International Women’s Film Festival to host the barrier-free screening of I Can Speak as barrier-free films offer audio-descriptions (such as voice-over narration) for the visually impaired and closed captions (such as dialogue, music, and sound effect) for the hearing impaired. As you can see from the title, I Can Speak and from the copy on the poster, “There’s something I want to say,” this film prompts all of us to listen carefully to the truth told by a woman who is brave enough to overcome her lasting wounds and fight the deeply rooted prejudices about comfort women with all her might.
PARK Hyunseon / Programmer