10th DMZ Docs(2018)
I AM DOCU
A curfew, set by my father, bothers 'me' every day, every night. I lost my right to drink with my friends and do my work at night. Finally, I left home I lived in with my parents and got 'a room of my own.' But as a woman, threats and violence at night make me live under another type of curfews. And I find a curfew again in a life of married women. Where does this curfew come from?
There was a time in Korea when a nationwide curfew was in place. That curfew has long since disappeared into the mists of history, but some people still have not been freed from curfews. With the lifting of the official curfew came private curfews, applied differently to men and women. While her parents are fine with her younger brother staying out all night, the director’s curfew cannot be later than midnight. Other girls are in pretty much the same situation. The director encourages them to join her struggle against the curfew but it is a difficult task. It is tragic when a curfew is lifted only when a woman can no longer stay out all night because of marriage and childrearing. According to the director, a violation of the curfew is itself a form of resistance. She continues her war against the curfew, reading books on feminism and talking to people around her. The film ends with people protesting on the streets for safety at night. The film declares that the problem with curfews is not a private concern of women but a social problem that we must resolve. [KIM Sohee]
Meok Bang (2014)
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