On the presidential election day of Republic of Korea in 2012. Two rival candidates, PARK Gun-hye and MOON Jae-in compete in a neck and neck race. At 8:45PM, KBS announces that candidate Park is most likely to win the race. As the counting nears the end around midnight, Park leads the race with 51.7% of the votes. Many observers presume no change of the situation and leave the counting facilities. Between 00:58AM and 04:43AM, however, an odd phenomenon occurs. Candidate Moon starts gaining more votes than Park throughout the country. This phenomenon is observed even in the counties that have been considered as Park’s home grounds. Accordingly the percentage of the votes for Park starts dropping slightly. When the race is over, Park ends up becoming the President-elect with 51.6% of the votes. Ironically, 516 (May 16) is the date that Park’s father, PARK Chung-hee carried out a military coup d’etat to seize the power in 1961. Could this be a sheer coincidence? What happened during these three hours and forty-five minutes? The rule No. 1 of Forensic Science says otherwise; ‘Every contact leaves a trace.’ This film traces back the contacts that might have been made on this very election day.
In central Vietnam, there are people who live on with the memory of the 1968 massacre. Every year in February, incenses are lit to mourn the dead. The survivors still offer a ‘Taihan (Korean military)’ memorial ceremony on the day when all inhabitants of the village were murdered at an instance. In the 1960s, Korea participated in the Vietnam War as an ally of the United States, where they have massacred many civilians. Yet, Korea only remembers the war as a springboard for its following economic growth. Between Vietnam and Korea, between 1968 and 2016, and between the public memory and the private, there lies the memory of state violence. What cannot become ‘history’ belongs to a ‘woman’, a ‘blind’, and a ‘deaf’. There they remain, kindling incense and offering a ritual for the victims. The first thing these ‘survivors’, ‘second generation’, and ‘witnesses’ did when they visited Korea was to embrace the Korean comfort women and to cry together with the bereaved families of the Sewol ferry disaster. The memories of those who have survived still hover around us, failing to become public memories. The memories of war become the war of memories.
I, documentary filmmaker and mother of a 5-year-old daughter, am desperate to find an answer to my daughter's toe-walking, which has given me endless guilt and anxiety since her birth. In the hope that they can understand my complicated feelings more than anybody else, I approach the mothers of disabled children with a camera. I conduct interviews of them. I make podcasts with them. I even make a theatrical play with and for them. But their invaluable confessions and consolations stay with me only for a moment. Deep in my heart, I still whisper to myself "what if my daughter didn't walk on her toes..." After completing the film, will I be able to accept and face my child's toe walking and the changes it implies for me for what they are?
Ji-hee never had a friend. She has grade 2 intellectual disability, lacking the sociality to mingle with people. She is a delicate girl, who could have been crying alone in her room, if her father did not recommend her to play the guitar. Now she has a dream to be the world-famous guitarist, and she started to play for other people. She gets applauses for overcoming her disability, but her performance is yet too timid and small to move the listeners’ minds. She feels a high wall in the world of arts that demands creativity and she has to fight with herself and her disability once again. She is desperately trying not to go back to her difficult old days, and learns to live with other people in the world.
‘A’ met him when she was 19 years old, It was the sweet first love for her and she was brilliant twenty years old then. It was the next spring semester that the affair has happened to her. ‘A’ was afraid of his obsession with herself, so she said goodbye to him. However, what she got from him was the revenge porn. The video of them having sex before breakup were spread on the online rapidly. ‘A’ couldn’t go to school and meet other people anymore. She really wanted to live as in the past. Though ‘A’ has gotten plastic surgery in order to live as totally different person ‘B’, but with new appearance she kept being isolated. Her everyday life was eliminated but her sexual video still wanders around the online world. Now s/he starts up on the road where misogyny is running rampant. “Let’s give her back her spring.”
My maternal grandfather, who died at the age of 100, asked me to write his autobiography, when he was 99 years old. And, a few years later, I became a filmmaker, and started to do my assignment of long standing with a film camera and a sound recorder. I didn't know the faces of the grandfather who had been an agent of the OSS, the forerunner to the CIA, and a director of the security police around the start of the Korean War. The United States where he had lived for over 20 years, Burma (Myanmar) he worked undercover, the Provisional Government in China's Chongqing that he visited as Syngman Rhee's connection, etc. If I visit these places, could I see the landscapes that he had seen? And had he wanted to change the landscapes of those days? Is my grandfather in the records the same person I have known? I focus the camera on him, adjusting the focal length.
A 33-year-old Korean actor named NAM Ho-sub has been losing his sight due to the uveitis on his retina since 2005. His left eye is completely blind and cannot feel the light. Only 10% of his vision remains on his right eye, but it is disappearing slowly. In 2011, he frustrated deeply as an actor on the stage, came back to his hometown Sokcho which is small city in Gangwon Province and has few of professional theater actors and producers. He established his own theater company named ‘Soul Theater’ with his young students, staging some plays on the small place in Gangwon Province. In 2016, when he trained himself for the work named Counter Point, he realized that his vision is getting worse. Physical training increases intraocular pressure on his right eye, so that his optic nerve was damaged. Besides his company members KIM Su-jin(28) and YOON Guk-jung(27) move to Seoul to find better chances as an actor, leaving Ho Sub behind in Sokcho. In this situation his sight getting worse and his company members leaving his side, can he continue to be on the stage as an actor?
Women are designed to bleed against their will, and this bleeding has been symbolized as mystery, impurity, and inferiority. The history of bleeding goes with the course of history. War, revolution, and economic development defined the new roles of women, and the needs of the times invented new ways of bleeding. As the extension of women’s rights reached a plateau at some point, there has been no advancement since disposable pads and tampons, the virtues of which is to be quick, be unnoticed, be quiet, and be shameful. The US National Public Radio(NPR) crowned 2015 as the Year of Period, and this big wave of free bleeding movement has arrived in Korea. Women all over the world start to speak with one voice to break the taboo and fight for equality. We are now facing the new era of alternative bleeding; new menstrual products are pouring out of technology and imagination. Youtube star reviewing menstrual products has more than a million subscribers, and politicians start paying attention to bleeding. Now, women talk about bleeding, demand better ways of bleeding, and exercise their right to choose.