‘20th Anniversary Retrospective – World Cinema’ is a section that marks the 20th year of SIWFF and features films that were carefully handpicked by our programmers from the collection of films screened throughout the 20 years of our festival. Given that all the selected films were well received by the audience from that time and are all memorable classics, we are confident that they will be appealing to audiences of now. Over the 20 years of SIWFF, the film formats have transformed from celluloid film, 6mm, Digibeta, to HD and so on. The 35mm films from the ‘90s and ‘00s cannot be screened today without the digital re-mastering process; films that are not yet digitized could not be screened this year. Of the remaining films, Programmers KANG Ba-da, KWON Eun-sun, Sunah KIM, SON Hee-jung, CHO Hye-young, HONG So-in, and HWANG Miyojo selected a total of 8 films which met the following criteria: films must a) be made by directors who are currently making films (historicity), b) have received a fervent audience response and created a sensation (timeliness), and c) be able to be seen only at SIWFF (rarity). I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the programmers who have supported the SIWFF all this time and contributed to its film selection.
Through these films, the audience will witness and feel the turning points of feminism history. From the 1990 to 2000’s, female filmmakers underscored collective identity and brought to attention women as a group and their shared history; these films focus more on the issues and changes the feminists underwent as a group, rather than detailed descriptions of individual character psychology. From the 2000’s, films in which directors write and tell their own stories take over, highlighting the individuality of women as well as their personal experiences and differences. One thing that should not be overlooked with these subsequent films is that its creators nonetheless came together with a collective identity as women and made appearances in various international film festivals. Films such as The Righteous Babes (directed by Pratibha PARMAR), Love for Share (directed by Nia DINATA), History Lessons (directed by Barbara HAMMER), The Day I became a Woman (directed by Marziyeh MESHKINI) represent the former collection, whereas Red Road (directed by Andrea ARNOLD), Water Lilies (directed by Celine SCIAMMA), The Party (directed by Sally POTTER) belong in the latter category. We hope that you will experience the past 20 years of feminist cinematic history through the ‘Feminist Film Classics’ and ‘20th Anniversary Retrospective – World Cinema’ sections.
Sunah KIM / Festival Director, Chief Programmer