INSTITUTE: Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts
SYNOPSIS: Hong is an orphan girl who lives in an USFK camp village. She has a strong bond with her sister, who looks after her while working at a night’s entertainment club for U.S. soldiers. Hong’s naive perception of reality clashes with the other women’s, who dream of a better life. The girl’s innocence will soon be upset by the upcoming events. The story is based on an actual episode, happened in 1980, and the photos and videos at the end of the movie further attest the past American occupation of Korean lands and the sexual exploitation of Korean women.
PROFILE: Director Hayoung Jo was born in Seoul and graduated from the movie department of the DongAh Institute of Media and Arts in Anseong. In her films she focuses on meaningful spaces, containing memories, history, life and emotions. Her first film Sister’s Room (2018) is a historical documentary in which she analysed the contemporary role of women. She has always been interested in musicals, such as Les Miserables and Memories of Matsuko, so that she decided to turn her latest short film Remember our sister into a musical.