Documentary Review: Free Our Bodies: Flaming Feminist Action (2021) by Yoon Ga-hyun, Ryu Hyun-ah and Lee Ga-hyun

“Free Our Our bodies: Flaming Feminist Motion” is a documentary omnibus, co-created by Yoon Ga-hyun, Ryu Hyun-ah, and Lee Ga-hyun, all of them member of the Korean feminist group Flaming Feminist Motion. The film premiered on the twenty third Seoul Worldwide Ladies’s Movie Competition.

The gathering consists of three quick items, ‘Titty Sisters’, ‘My Physique, My Selection Tattoo’, and ‘300’, every of them round twenty minutes lengthy. ‘Titty Sisters’ is about Flaming Feminist Motion’s marketing campaign agains the objectification of the feminine physique, ‘My Physique, My Selection Tattoo’ is about tattoos in Korean society and ladies collectors and creators of tattoos, whereas ‘300’ is about younger ladies in politics.

‘Titty Sisters’ traces the marketing campaign by Flaming Feminist Motion for the normalization of the feminine physique and the cessation of the objectified method wherein ladies are perceived by Korean society. They do that by way of varied protests, a few of that are no-bra topless ones which garner quite a lot of media consideration and develop into one of many issues the collective is most generally recognized for within the nation. As Yoon Ga-hyun says to start with of the quick, at one level folks google the collective’s identify as a result of that’s the one method for them to see pure breasts. However then the social media websites that host the images begin deleting them, claiming they’re obscene. This results in new protests, this time towards the social media firms, new waves of media consideration, and on-line hatred.

Though the quick touches upon lots of the occasions explored in depth in “Boundary: Flaming Feminist Motion,” right here they’re mentioned in a distinct tone and setting. Right here, they do it by way of relaxed conversations the director has together with her fellows for the organizations. A few of them are achieved whereas they put together for an additional protest, others – over tea and oranges. This permits the members to be extra open about their views on the subject. One in every of them, Mi-hyun, even goes so far as to criticize the way in which they did the marketing campaign, as a result of it targeted extra on the performative side, slightly than making an attempt to create a context wherein to elucidate to the general public why they do it. Moments of reflexivity resembling this one are abound within the quick, displaying the viewer that regardless of how they’re depicted in social media, the protesters are advanced thinkers who attempt to change society by surprising it.

Regardless of its critical material, ‘Titty Sisters’ may be very quick to look at. Containing prolonged scenes of Hyun-ah, Ga-hyun, and Si-won, the three organizers of the protest the quick is made round, writing humorous slogans like “The masks is stuffy sufficient, do I have to put on a bra, too?” or making use of sticker tattoos, the quick factors to the truth that activism might be additionally enjoyable. It’s also technically probably the most achieved and visually most different one within the omnibus. The filmmakers use completely different strategies like hand drawn scrapbook-like animations, social media footage, banner-like slogans, and others, all managing to convey the message of the quick a lot better.

Sadly, the identical can’t be stated concerning the different two quick within the omnibus. Shot in a way more solemn tone and made up nearly solely of interviews, ‘My Physique, My Selection Tattoo’ and ‘300’ are unimpressive, and at instances boring, particularly in comparison with ‘Titty Sisters’. The interviews in each shorts, particularly in ‘300’ appear a bit haphazard, with questions requested considerably randomly with none logic to their order. This, coupled with the subpar enhancing and sound design, makes it tough for the viewer to have interaction with (and at instances, comply with) what’s being talked about. That’s unlucky, as a result of they take care of very pertinent subjects (the presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung promised to legalize tattooing, whereas President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s cupboard is an outdated males’s membership).

Regardless of its flaws, “Free Our Our bodies: Flaming Feminist Motion” is an informative omnibus that sheds gentle on a few of the societal and institutional points Korean feminists are combating towards. It additionally develop on and offers extra context to a few of the subjects explored in “Boundary: Flaming Feminist Motion.” For that, I believe that it really works higher as a companion piece to that, a lot better, documentary, slightly than a standalone work.



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