I’ll be interpreting tomorrowÂ for artist and filmmaker Heung-Soon Lim whose documentary film Factory Complex ìœ„ë¡œê³µë‹¨ (2004) won the prestigious Silver Lion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Describing itÂ as a chronicle of South Korean women’s labour, ImÂ dedicated the filmÂ to women workers likeÂ his own mother and sister. The evocative and beautifulÂ film features young women workers in state-sponsored garmentÂ factory complexes in the 1960s and 70s that droveÂ much of South Korea’s export-oriented rapid industrialization. The women didn’t just work day and night; they also resisted against brutal working conditions and organized unions, facing violent state repression and evenÂ torture. The long struggle of Kiryung Electronics workers, layoff of Homever workers, leukemia amongÂ Samsung workers, and so many others — this history continues today forÂ women workers in a variety of service and manufacturing sectors. The film takes us beyondÂ Korea, too, traveling to Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia and drawing compelling connections to the role of South Korean capital and their collusion with state repression in Southeast Asia.
Im conducted over 65 interviews and included 22 of them in the film.Â The film is in Korean and Khmer with English subtitles, and the lecture and Q&A discussion will be conducted in both English and Korean. I have doneÂ quite a bit ofÂ consecutive interpretation over the years, mostly for artists, activists, and academics, andÂ I find it very gratifying to to helpÂ brilliant and articulate Korean speakers shine and communicate with the audience without being hindered by a language barrier.
The lecture and reception will take place tomorrow on Friday, April 15 at 3pmÂ at the University of Toronto (free event). Please RSVP. Film screening is later that day at Royal Cinema atÂ 7pm. Ticket information can be found on the Images Festival site.
Ah, and of course. April 16 is the second anniversary of the Sewol Ferry disaster.Â At the same time as Factory ComplexÂ on Friday night is a ChristianÂ commemorative prayer service at the North York Civic Center. On Saturday afternoon at 2pm, a rally will take place again inÂ North York. I won’t be able to attend the service, obviously because of the film, but plan to be there for the SaturdayÂ rally.