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15th(2013)



The Empire of Shame

HONG Li-gyeong

  • Korea
  • 2013
  • 100min
  • HD
  • color
  • Documentary

SynopsisA documentary about the continuing case of Samsung semiconductor plant. “It was like I was in a different world. Men and women all wore same clothes and it looked like a small country. There were a factory, dormitory, even hospital. Just being there was sort of making me feel good. I can recall the first time I was in manufacturing line. Real robots working there.” The film is a story about nameless people wearing white coat, hat and mask worked in a clean room exposing eyes only.

P align=justify>Program Note

 


 

“My reality? I am nothing. I can’t talk properly, sing properly, or walk properly..
What’s all this? Why have things gotten this far? It’s so pathetic and frustrating”.(Quotes from Hye-kyung in the film))


 

The Empire of Shame challenges the “Samsung Legend” by tracing the tough and strenuous struggles of female workers employed at Samsung Electronics Semiconductor factories. Although Samsung has consolidated its image as a top-notch business corporation through the media, many young laborers have died from handling hundreds of harmful chemicals behind the closed doors of factories. Their deaths have then been covered up. The dreams and everyday lives of the female employees of Samsung Semiconductor have evaporated between their protection caps and garments. Whilst keeping a distance, the camera follows the industrial disaster victims and their families, who endure a long struggle against their Goliath, Samsung.
Despite their pleas for those responsible to please come out and face them, they are simply confronted with the cold glass walls of the Samsung Head Office building reflecting everything, the winds that blow among buildings, and hired security guards standing in their way. Their desperate cries do not reach the ears of those responsible, and the struggle that gets nowhere continues today. Through sound and image variation, The Empire of Shame artistically achieves the sense of greed that exists in such a top-class company and the reality of its unreal cruelty. [HONG So-in]

Director

  • HONG Li-gyeongHONG Li-gyeong

    HONG Li-gyeong majored in documentary studies at ESEC, a film school in France. Later, she joined ‘PURN Production’ in Korea. There, she made her first feature film, The Empire of Shame, which follows the stories of Samsung Semiconductor workers’ who have become ill from work-related diseases.

Credit

  • ProducerMUN Jeong-hyun
  • Cast JUNG Ae-jung, HAN Hye-gyeong, HWANG Sang-ki
  • Cinematography HONG Li-gyeong, RYU Seung-jin, MUN Jeong-hyun, SHIN Im-ho, LEE Dong-ryeol
  • Editor HONG Li-gyeong