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“She is the White Horse. Born in 1930, unborn in 1990, and born again in 2050. She returns, undead, every 60 years.”
The film revolves around Jeon’s struggle to embody the White Horse, a Chinese zodiac sign which occurs every 60-year cycle in South Korea. With the abortion debate’s entanglement with misogynic myths and the introduction of modern technologies, an untold history resurfaces in the present, and re-orients us towards the future. Korean and future perfect tense in English, are weaved together to contemplate ruptures, repetition of time, and violence against women.
What does it mean to be unborn as I am born? Born, Unborn, and Born Again explores the transnational nature of governmental control over reproductive systems, and how this oppression manifests in our bodies and perceptions of self. I called upon the misogynistic myths of the past that were the remains of Japanese colonial history that have become popular, along with several “masculine” zodiac signs, which have implicit and specific gender roles and are thereby considered a bad disposition for women. I use the grammatical structure of the future perfect tense, which does not exist in my mother tongue, as a vehicle to navigate the “(un)born” status of mine.
Sweet Golden Kiwi, 24min, Director (2018) 2019 Festival Film Dokumenter(FFD) – Focus on South Korea 2019 Diaspora Film Festival – Korean Diaspora 2019 Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival – SIDOF Choice 2018 Seoul International ALT Cinema & Media Festival – Korean Propose