middle aged women / family / MeToo movement / gender / secret / daily life
For their mother's memorial service, eldest sister Hyejeong holds the ceremony at her house and all her middle-aged sisters attend.
KIM Boram, the director that fully unveiled the female body and menstruation with For Vagina's Sake (2017), now begins the untold story of sisters with her feature A Silent Night (2020). Their brother is from a different mother, who was involved with Jeonghee, the youngest sister — but the other sisters aren't free from the problem, either. This is a film about the first day when a domestic violence survivor finds the courage to speak up. The strange sound that is important in the film is a sign of danger and a reflection of dyspepsia. But in the end, it is the beginning of a fantastic moment that creates sympathy between the sisters. The silent night of the sisters is filled with utterances and listening to trauma, as well as problem-facing. [JEONG Jihye]
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Director KIM studied Literature at university, before moving into film by writing Upo, People in Wetland (2013) that explores the lives of people who survive in and around the wetlands. After founding an independent documentary production company in 2016, she filmed For Vagina’s Sake, which deals with menstruation. For Vagina’s Sake was released in 2018 in Korea, attracting 11,000 viewers in the theaters, and it had screenings in 100 domestic institutions or communities. It was also broadcast through IPTV, VOD, and EBS. It was awarded in the documentary section of Seoul International Women’s Film Festival, Seoul Independent Film Festival, Women in Film Korea, and Wildflower Film Awards. In May 2019, it was awarded the Gender Equality Award by Seoul, for promoting menstruation rights.
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