|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (22)|
|Asian Spectrum: Camera Is My Heart! (3)||Polemics: To love hot or to live hard (6)|
|A Life In Front of the Camera: Actress in Re/Action, KAGAWA Kyoko (8)||Queer Rainbow: Allure & Lust over Phobia (11)|
|Open Cinema (4)||Asian Short Film and Video Competition (26)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (1)||Multicultural Media Academy: Herstories and Visions (12)|
|Special Screening: The Murmuring - Resolving History While Still Breathing (3)||Special Screening: Barrier Free Screening, Promise for 10 Years (2)|
Synopsis Program Note
My Own Breathing is the last of BYUN Young-joo’s The Murmuring trilogy about comfort women, produced over the period of seven years. While the first two documentaries portray the elderly victims’ pain and process of healing by focusing on their everyday life in the community of the House of Sharing, the third documentary, My Own Breathing, delivers their accounts of history, criticism of the present and hopes for the future through their own voices.
The Murmuring and Habitual Sadness portray the Japanese comfort women’s memory of the past, current daily lives, and
struggles to change their future surrounding their community space, the ‘House of Sharing’. It must be painful, even to the director,
to film their desperate voices and share the records with the audience at numerous theaters and film festivals in and out of the
However, the director started all over again. Although the director became close to the old women, asking about their past and
experiences is still recording their historical tragedy from a third person perspective. BYUN introspected that her work can never be
enough to accurately reflect their own voices and this reflection made her pluck up her spirits once more.
My Own Breathing fielded LEE Yong-soo as a subject who questions other comfort women. Having suffered from sexual slavery in
a comfort station located in Shingu area, Taiwan, Lee visits other comfort women living outside the House of Sharing to interact not
as a simple interviewer but as a person directly involved in the same experiences.
As a result, KIM Yoon-sim, who earned a livelihood by needlework for over 30 years after she came back from a comfort station
and got married and who later received the JEON Tae-il Literary Award for her writing with the catch phrase ‘Shame is not for us but
you’, finally reveals her hidden pain to her deaf daughter. In this scene, KIM overcomes her pain by talking in sign language with her
daughter. The moment’s quiver from KIM and her daughter is delivered to us through the director’s camera. [LEE Angela]
BYUN YoungjooBYUN Youngjoo
Since she made Korean first theatrical documentary The Murmuring (1995), BYUN went on to complete a documentary trilogy on the victims of Japanese military 'Comfort Women'. Deep Loves (2002) was her first feature film and Helpless (2012) was awarded the Best Director Award at the Baeksang Arts Awards in 2012. Currently, she is working on a film based on KANG Full’s Webtoon Lamp Shop.