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The second co-production by director Jang Hee-sun and the Korean Women Workers Associations, following Jae-hee’s Story About Sexual Harassment at the Workplace, their first collaboration. This collaboration between a feminist activist group and a professional filmmaker (or a filmmaking group) fulfills the very intent of WFFIS’ Feminist Film and Video Activism: helping feminist movement groups communicate with larger audiences through the medium of filmmaking.
Friendly & Harmonious consists of four episodes. Each episode presents an episode of sexual harassment/violence in various labor sectors, from the office to the gas station where many teenage girls work. Power over sex creates both assailants and victims in any and all workplaces, with most of the victims women who are relegated to the lower rungs of the power structure. This film gathers all four episodes together to emphasize the point that viewing women as sexual objects must cease in order to make workplaces ‘friendly & harmonious’. As the first installment Jae-hee’s Story on the Sexual Harassment at Workplace did, Friendly & Harmonious guides each story to the universal problem that women endure under the oppression of patriarchy. Through this quartet of stories, the film persuades audiences - even women who have not yet realized they are treated as ‘second-class citizens’ - to not only recognize the sexist structure of a patriarchal society but also tackle it. (Kim Sun-ah)
JANG Hee-sunJANG Hee-sun
Graduated from Ewha Womans University in 1995, Jang Hee-sun received an award at the 1st IWFFIS for her short film Welcome (1996) and Drying Red Pepper (1999) also won at the 4th IWFFIS and screened at the 50th Berlin International Film Festival in 2000. After her film studies at Yong-in University, she has participated in research projects such as ‘Female Body and Beauty’ and ‘Female Body and Childbirth’ respectively, which were organized by the Ministry of Gender Equality in 2002 and 2003. Her film Friendly and Harmonious has been screened at the 8th IWFFIS.