After the successful screening of the Sewol political documentary last month, there’s a screening this month on another contentious issue: the 4:3 Jeju Uprising:
Reiterations of Dissent (거듭되는 항거)
Dir Jane Jin Kaisen 2011
South Korea/Denmark, 59 minutes
Language: Korean & English, Subtitles: English
Free screening followed by a Skype discussion with the director
21 May, 18:30–21:00, Raindance Film Centre, 10 Craven Street, London WC2N 5HE
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Reiterations of Dissent illuminates the suppressed history and fragmented memories of the Jeju April Third Uprising and Massacre of 1948, which unfolded shortly before the outbreak of the Korean War, on South Korea’s Jeju Island, the filmmaker´s birthplace.
In a brutal crackdown of a local uprising, South Korean police and rightist paramilitary groups, under the auspices of the United States Military Government in Korea, waged a “red hunt” that would unleash genocidal violence upon large parts of the civilian island population. The ideologically charged event was systematically silenced for five decades, and its memory remains contested to the present day.
Composed of six different video narratives, the film uncovers various underlying political motivations and portrays how the un-reconciled trauma of Jeju 4.3 continues to resonate through multiple forms: the island’s present landscape, evocative literary representations, recurring memories of survivors and relatives, shamanic rituals that mediate between the living and the dead, and in protests against the ongoing construction of the Jeju Naval Base.
Reiterations of Dissent explores a new language for documentary filmmaking and challenges relationships between text, image, and narrative. By presenting a multi-layered archive of experiences, events, and perspectives. each video narrative shows a different aspect and a different attempt at approaching the Jeju April Third Massacre as an unstable episode of modern history.