15 Films you shouldn’t miss at the 23rd Seoul International Women’s Film Festival –

From 10 September to 7 October, the 23rd Shilla International Women’s Film Festival (SWIF) will showcase a selection of 15 films from around the world, a program that has been selected by a jury of international experts. These films will be screened in three distinct categories – “Diverse Characters”, “Diverse Stories” and “Diverse Theme”.

This is the 23rd edition of the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival ! The festival will be held between November 11 to 21 and will showcase the best in female-centered cinema from around the world. The festival will open with the two-day screening of an exclusive selection of films from the Hot Docs International Women’s Film Festival.

The 23rd Seoul International Women’s Film Festival was announced in 1999, and has since become one of the most important and influential annual film festivals in Korea, It aims to contribute to the development of film culture, to promote the role of women in the film industry and to promote awareness of women’s issues.


These are the fifteen films you shouldn’t miss during the 23rd Seoul International Women’s Film Festival, which runs from August 26th to September 1st, 2021 in Seoul, Korea, in theaters and online.

The following is information about the festival: Among Korean international film festivals, the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival (SIWFF) is a distinctive and important event that presents new ideals and alternatives from a feminist viewpoint. The festival helps to the development of good female values and is critical in the establishment of a network between Asian and other nations. By finding and supporting women in the film business, SIWFF offers avenues for promoting and exhibiting Korean women’s films internationally. It also aids the development and variety of the Korean cinema industry. SIWFF promotes to the creation of a balanced Korea culture by creating future-oriented, alternative culture. This helps to enhance Korea’s national image.

– Films to Watch –

1629729795_264_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalYamagami Chieko, Seyama Noriko – Japan | 2004 – 57 minutes – Section: Polemics 30 Years of Sisterhood: Women in the 1970s Women’s Liberation Movement in Japan by Yamagami Chieko, Seyama Noriko – Japan | 2004 – 57 minutes

The film is based on the experiences of 12 women who lived during the Japanese Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s. Those who encountered the Women’s Liberation recognized the significance of living their own lives honestly, with their own perceptions and ideas, rather than being affected by certain conventional ideals and conventions. (SIWFF 2021) (SIWFF 2021) (SIWFF 2021

Dates: Saturday, August 28th, 2021 | 13:30 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 6 Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 9 | 19:30 pm



1629729796_699_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalJung July’s A Girl at My Door – South Korea | 2014 – 119 minutes Swaggin’ Like Doona is a section in the book.

Young-nam is a police officer demoted to a small beach town’s chief from police headquarters in Seoul. Now, as the chief of a local precinct, Young-nam tries to save a young girl named Do-hee from her abusive stepfather at the cost of her career — an act Do-hee makes the dangerous decision to reciprocate. (SIWFF 2021)

Dates: Saturday, August 28th, 2021 | 15:00 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup Branch MX



1629729799_630_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-International#AfterMeToo – South Korea | 2021 – 84 minutes | Lee Somyi, Soram, Park, Sohyun, Kangyu Garam Section: Exploration

What has changed in our culture since the #MeToo movement shook up South Korea? Can these issues be addressed in the face of reality, when the strength of backlash and unity among males remains the same, and patriarchy and systemic sexism still exist? Through the everyday lives and voices of today’s women, the film examines the issues and opportunities raised by the #MeToo movement. (SIWFF 2021) (SIWFF 2021) (SIWFF 2021

Dates: Friday, August 27th, 2021 | 19:40 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 4 Monday, August 30, 2021 | 19:50 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 6



1629729801_670_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalMoon Hyun-As sung’s One – South Korea | 2012 – 127 minutes Swaggin’ Like Doona is a section in the book.

In 1991, Hyun Jung-hwa, a table tennis star, hears about forming a unified Korean national table tennis team. Players from the two Koreas will compete as a single unit under the name of “Korea.” However, a war of nerves between Junghwa of South Korea and Bun-hui of North Korea is getting worse by the day. Although the competition is approaching, conflict, instead of harmony, continues to grow. (SIWFF 2021)

Dates: Saturday, August 28th, 2021 | 10:20 am | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 6



1629729802_764_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalSouth Korea | 2021 – 93 minutes | Coming to You by Byun Gyuri Section: Discovery

Nabi (55), a veteran firefighter, prided herself for living a successful life until one day her child Hankyeol comes out to her by saying: “Mom, I want to get a mastectomy.” Meanwhile, Vivian (50), a flight attendant, sheds tears after reading her son Ye-Joon’s letter: “I’m gay.” Facing the reality that their children are struggling, what should the two mothers do? (SIWFF 2021)

Dates: Friday, August 27th, 2021 | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5 | 17:05 pm Sunday, August 29, 2021 | 13:40 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 4



1629729803_676_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-International2021 – 116 minutes | Ito by Yokohama Satoko – Japan New Currents section

Ito, a high school student in far north Tsugaru, plays the Tsugaru shamisen as a hobby. She learned it from her late mother, a master player in her own right. While Ito can express herself through music, talking is a little harder due to shyness caused by her strong Tsugaru dialect. So she has a few friends, but has a strong inner spirit which leads her to take on a big challenge — working at a maid cafe. (SIWFF 2021)

Dates: Sunday, August 29th, 2021 | 19:00 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 7 Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 4 | 16:20 pm



1629729805_465_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalReport Card by Lee Jae-eun, Lim Jisun – South Korea | 2021 – 94 minutes Section: Discovery Kim Min-young

20-year-old Jung-hee doesn’t go to college and works parttime. She goes to meet Min-young, her old high school roommate, for the first time in a while and wants to hang out with her as they did before. However, Min-young, a college student, is busy sending correction emails regarding her credits and feels uncomfortable by Jung-hee’s visit. (SIWFF 2021)

Dates: Saturday, August 28th, 2021 | 19:30 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 4 Monday, August 30, 2021 | 17:10 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 6



1629729806_633_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalSection: Feminist Collective: Women’s Filmmaking in Asia Out: Lee Young’s Smashing Homophobia Project – South Korea | 2007 – 114 minutes

Chun-jae, Cho-i and Koma have their own concerns. The three main characters set out on a journey of intense and passionate self-exploring to discover the “self” that they want. A documentary in the form of a self-diary about the growth of teenage lesbians. (SIWFF 2021)

Dates: Saturday, August 28, 2021 | 10:30 a.m. | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5 Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 6 | 17:10 pm

1629729808_128_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalJeanne Hallacy’s Padauk: Myanmar Spring, Michael Ghilezan’s Rares Myanmar, Thailand, and the United States | 2021 – 56 minutes – New Currents

Through Nant, a young, first-time protester, we meet three human rights activists whose lives have been turned upside down by the February 2021 military coup in Myanmar. As the protests continue, Nant comes to understand the truth of a brutal regime that has continued to wage war against its own people for decades. Nant’s political awakening regarding the plight of others in her ethnically diverse country gives hope for the future. (SIWFF 2021)

Dates: Sunday, August 29th, 2021 | 14:10 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 8 Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 7 | 15:10 pm

1629729809_118_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalLee Woo-Snowball jung’s – South Korea | 2020 – 111 minutes Section: Exploration

Gangi, Soyeong, and Aram are high school classmates and best friends. They plan to flee their house one day. However, life does not always treat them well, and fractures in their relationship begin to appear. They finally return home and return to school, only to encounter much greater difficulties. The more we ran away from it, the worse it became. (SIWFF 2021) (SIWFF 2021) (SIWFF 2021

Dates: Sunday, August 29th, 2021 | 16:50 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 4 Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5 | 19:30 pm



1629729810_271_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-International Park Chan-Sympathy wook’s for Mr. Vengeance – South Korea | 2002 – 120 minutes Swaggin’ Like Doona is a section in the book.

Ryu is a deaf-mute man working in a factory. His sister desperately needs a kidney transplant. To raise money, Ryu kidnappers Dong-jin’s daughter at his girlfriend Yeong-mi’s suggestion. However, Ryu’s sister kills herself when she learned of the news. What is worse, the girl accidentally dies. Dong-jin sets out to get merciless revenge on Yeong-mi and Ryu after the loss of his child. (SIWFF 2021)

Dates of screening: Friday, August 27th, 2021 | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 6 | 19:20 pm



1629729812_201_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalNamkoong Sun’s Ten Months – South Korea | 2020 – 96 minutes Section: The Present-Day Landscape

Mirae, a twentysomething programmer, feels strangely hung over one day. To her horror, she finds out that she is pregnant. Denial, panic and mixed messages from friends, family and the law send Mirae into a frenzy of ambivalence. But time does not spare her to sort out her mind. Suddenly, Mirae is in the middle of a strange new world. (SIWFF 2021)

Dates: Friday, August 27th, 2021 | 19:10 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 3



1629729814_119_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalPark Jiwan’s The Day I Died: Unclosed Case – South Korea | 2020 – 117 minutes New Currents section

Hyunsoo is a detective who is about to return to work after a long break. She heads to an island to close a missing girl’s case as suicide even though the girl was a key witness of a crime. As Hyunsoo tracks the girl, she feels compassionate to see the suffering the girl suffered all alone. (SIWFF 2021)

Dates: Saturday, August 28th, 2021 | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 6 | 16:30 pm



1629729816_824_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalKam Jeongwon Passed the Train – South Korea | 2021 – 75 minutes Section: The Present-Day Landscape

Heesu, who works at a dyeing plant, has a lover named Hakseon, who also works there. She makes a long-overdue vacation to Gangwon Province one day. However, it’s difficult to say where her trip starts or finishes. (SIWFF 2021) (SIWFF 2021) (SIWFF 2021

Dates: Sunday, August 29th, 2021 | 16:40 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5



1629729817_119_15-Films-you-shouldnt-miss-at-the-23rd-Seoul-InternationalHaneda Sumiko Japan | 1996 – 94 minutes – Section: Politics | Women’s Testimonies – Pioneer Women in Japanese Labor Movements by Haneda Sumiko Japan | 1996 – 94 minutes –

In 1982, socialist researcher Ishido Kiyotomo held a round table. The participants were the pioneer women activists in the socialist labor movements from Taisho to Showa era. Asked by Ishido, film director Haneda Sumiko recorded the meeting. Years later, she did additional shootings and completed a documentary film. The female activists speak about their experiences of discrimination and enslavement. (SIWFF 2021)

Dates: Saturday, August 28th, 2021 | 17:20 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 8 Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | 14:35 pm | MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 9

Please visit https://www.siwff.or.kr/eng/ for additional details.



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