This year’s official trailer captures a moment when a woman overcomes the lethargic daily life during the pandemic. When she gets out of the slump on her own, she builds a warm rapport with a young girl, who is actually her persistent self, epitomizing this year’s slogan, “A Caring Reflection.” Director Kim Boram, who made the trailer, says: “everybody experiences lethargic life caused by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Through interviews with various women, I found that we all have strong inner power. With that power which we didn’t even recognize it existed, I believe we can recover our former life, and I expressed this power in the form of a young girl. The power is inside us and it is also women’s power, so I tried to show that we need solidarity among women. Lastly, I hope the SIWFF and all women to be a caringly reflecting so that we can overcome the pandemic-driven lethargy.
Director Kim opened a new horizon for the Korean documentary film industry with her 2018 film, For Vagina’s Sake (2018), which raised shed light on the issue of menstruation. The film was acclaimed for discussing menstruation, which is an inevitable part of most women’s lives, in a careful yet not too serious manner in refined style. Winning the New Perspective Award at the 43rd Seoul Independent Film Festival, the Documentary Ock Rang Award at the 19th SIWFF, and the Documentary Award at the 6th Wildflower Film Awards with this film, Kim successfully embarked on her journey as a female filmmaker.