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Movie Minorities: Transnational Rights Advocacy and South Korean Cinema

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Publisher: , 2021.
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Rights advocacy has become a prominent facet of South Korea’s increasingly transnational motion picture output, especially following the 1998 presidential inauguration of Kim Dae-jung, a former political prisoner and victim of human rights abuses who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000. Today it is not unusual to see a big-budget production about the pursuit of social justice or the protection of civil liberties contending for the top spot at the box office. With that cultural shift has come a diversification of film subjects, which range from undocumented workers’ rights to the sexual harassment experienced by women to high-school bullying to the struggles among people with disabilities to gain inclusion within a society that has transformed significantly since winning democratic freedoms three decades ago. Combining in-depth textual analyses of films such as Bleak NightOkjaPlanet of SnailRepatriation, and Silenced with broader historical contextualization, Movie Minorities offers the first English-language study of South Korean cinema’s role in helping to galvanize activist social movements across several identity-based categories.

Hye Seung Chung is an associate professor of film and media studies at Colorado State University and the author of Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic PerformanceKim Ki-duk, and Hollywood Diplomacy: Film Regulation, Foreign Relations, and East Asian Representations (Rutgers University Press). She is the coauthor of Movie Migrations: Transnational Genre Flows and South Korean Cinema (Rutgers University Press).

David Scott Diffrient is a professor of film and media studies at Colorado State University and the author of M*A*S*H and Omnibus Films: Theorizing Transauthorial Cinema. He is the coauthor of Movie Migrations: Transnational Genre Flows and South Korean Cinema (Rutgers University Press).

Contents

Introduction: “I Am a Human Being”: The Question of Rights in South Korean Cinema

Part I Institutional Foundations and Formal Structures

  1. The Rise of Rights-Advocacy Cinema in Postauthoritarian South Korea
  2. If You Were Me: Transnational Crossings and South Korean Omnibus Films

Part II Movie Minors and Minor Cinemas

  1. Hell Is Other High Schoolers: Bigots, Bullies, and Teenage “Villainy” in South Korean Cinema
  2. Indie Filmmaking and Queer Advocacy: Converging Identities in Leesong Hee-il’s Films and Writings

Part III Disability Rights in Mainstream and Minoritarian Filmmaking

  1. AlwaysBlind, and Silenced: Disability Discourses in Contemporary South Korean Cinema
  2. Barrier-Free Cinema: Caring for People with Disabilities and Touching the Other in Planet of Snail 

Part IV Representing Prisoners of the North and South

  1. Beyond Torture Epistephilia: The Ethics of Encounter and Separation in Kim Dong-won’s Repatriation 
  2. Story as Freedom or Prison? Narrative Invention and Human Rights Interventions in Camp 14: Total Control Zone 

Part V Migrant Worker Rights in Hybrid Documentaries

  1. Between Scenery and Scenario: Landscape, Narrative, and Structured Absence in a Korean Migrant Workers Documentary
  2. “Powers of the False” and “Real Fiction”: Migrant Workers in The City of Cranes and Other Mockumentaries

Part VI Nonhuman Rights in a Posthuman World

  1. Animal Rights Advocacy, Holocaustal Imagery, and Interspecies Empathy in An Omnivorous Family’s Dilemma and Okja

Coda: “I Am (Not) a Human Being”: The Question of Robot Rights in South Korean Cinema

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