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TROUBLERS

LEE Young

  • South Korea
  • 2015
  • 98min
  • G
  • color

documentary / lesbian / transgender

SYNOPSIS

Lee Mook, who was born in 1945, has lived as Mr. Pants before the words lesbian and transgender were introduced in South Korea. On the other hand, a rainbow flag supporting the rights of sexual minorities waves in South Korea in 2017. Nevertheless, the voices of hatred against sexual minorities are rising...​

PROGRAM NOTE

The film TROUBLERS begins with the story of Lee Mook, born in 1945, and slowly reveals bare faces of South Korea in 2014-15 and the so-called “troublers” through two major disasters, debates about the human rights ordinance of the Seoul City, and conservatives busting up the Pride Festival. When the words, “lesbian” or “transgender” were not yet introduced to Korea, Lee Mook called himself Mr. Pants. Binding his breast hard, sometimes lying about himself, Lee has lived with the identity of “Mr. Pants.” The social prejudice and repression toward Lee are juxtaposed with the hate speeches against the issuance of the human rights ordinance today. What is critical in this film is the positionality of the director. The director Lee Young is visible almost everywhere like the cameramen in Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, but Feminist Video Activism wom’s camera never remains as an “observer” of Kino-eye. Director Lee continuously works at Lee Mook’s house and her friend’s home in Miyagi. In the space of struggle, she fights against the people who try to stop her. She does not step back as an outsider or an interviewer but actively engages with the reality in front of her. In doing so, TROUBLERS exemplifies Feminist Video Activism wom’s peculiar production ethics which means the film production itself is the moment of solidarity and engagement. [BAE Juyeon] 

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Director

  • LEE Young
    Young founded Feminist Video Activism wom in 2001 and produced numerous documentaries. She has been experimenting image representation of female-driven narratives as well as the visualization of the voices of subjects that weren’t visualized before. Her filmography includes Turtle Sisters (2002), Knife Style (2003), and TROUBLERS (2015).

Credit

  • ProducerLEE Hye Ran, HONG So In
  • Screenwriter LEE Young
  • Cinematographer LEE Hye Ran
  • Editor LEE Hye Ran, LEE Young

WORLD SALES

Feminist Video Activism wom / HONG So In / womdocs@gmail.com