Voices of the Silenced (UK Premiere)

Thu 04 Jul, 6:15pm

ICA

  • Director

    PARK Soo-nam, PARK Maeui

  • Genre

  • Release Date

    2023

  • Runtime

    142 mins

  • Cert

    tbc

  • Awards

    The 74th Berlinale’s Forum Special of the Berlin International Film Festival
    The 28th Busan International Film Festival – Wide Angle: Documentary Competition (BIFF Mecenat Award)
    The 49th Seoul Independent Film Festival – Competition Section (Determination Award)

This film delves into the historical experiences of Park Soo-nam, born in colonial-era Japan, retracing the journey and the history of ZainichiーKorean in Japan. Through the lens of two 16mm documentary films shot since 1985 and the restoration of unreleased footage, spanning 100,000 feet, it resurrects the testimonies of witnesses. The film raises questions for audiences, probing what was lost through colonisation and war, and serves as a record of the struggle to reclaim those losses.

Shedding light from the past to the present, the film challenges us to ponder the essence of documentary filmmaking. It raises inquiries about the significance of reclaiming what was lost in the face of historical injustices.

This film is a collaborative effort between the director, Park Soo-nam, who has now lost her eyesight, and her daughter and co-director, Park Maeui.