낮은 목소리 / Najeun moksori (The Murmuring)
D: Byun Young-joo, South Korea 1995, 100 min, Korean OV with English subtitles
Fri, Jun 24–Fri, Aug 26, 2022
Admission with exhibition ticket
In Najeun moksori, Byun Young-joo, a founding member of the Parituh collective, documents the lives of six elderly women who reside in a communal house in Seoul. All are survivors of forced sexual labor at the hands of the Japanese army during World War II, so-called comfort women; each week they gather with others outside the Japanese embassy to demand a formal apology and compensation for their suffering. Breaking decades of silence, here the women tell their stories, intertwining personal and national traumas. Najeun moksori is the first installment in Byun’s celebrated trilogy on the subject, followed by Najeun moksori 2 (Habitual Sadness, 1997) and Sumgyeol—Najeun moksori 3 (My Own Breathing, 1999).