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Special Focus: I am Independent (1) - Seven Great Women Filmmakers in the World!
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22st JEONJU International Film Festival (2021)
Special Focus: I am Independent (1)

2021-03-22

Special Focus: I am Independent (1)
🙋Seven Great Women Filmmakers in the World!
Hello there,

GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS illustrates great women artists whose names are memorable in our history. Thanks to them, the world is more beautiful now. How about films? We also have a lot of great women filmmakers. 

"Real changes are upon us, 
and today one can reel off the names of a number of first-rate women artists. 
Nevertheless, women are just getting started."—The New Yorker

(Courtesy of PHAIDON)

The 22nd JEONJU IFF unveiled this year's special section. Special Focus: I am Independent will shed light on seven women directors who left a remarkable legacy in the history of independent filmmaking: Cecilia Mangini, Forough Farrokhzad, Han Okhi, Barbara LodenAnna KarinaCheryl Dunye, and Albertina Carri.

Sung MOON, programmer of JEONJU IFF explained as follows in her preface of a book focusing on this section.  

“Some of these films, at their times, 
were rather underappreciated despite their major significance. 
Now that we revisit these films, 
we find they countered the conventions of society and industry. 
We hope the viewers enjoy the challenges 
the filmmakers posed to the world of their time.” 

As we hope these seven names will become 70, and 700 in the future, we made a video for the section and its seven women filmmakers. 


Special Focus: I am Independent - Cecilia MANGINI
Cecilia Mangini is an Italian writer, photographer, and filmmaker. Her works include a number of projects focusing on post-war Italian lives. Her directorial debut Unknown To The City (1958) covers a range of issues concerning the unspoken side of urban development, a connection between religion and fascism, and the everyday life working class and women had to face, among others. Her bold and unique directorial techniques invite us to face social and political issues of that time.  
Unknown To The City
Italy|1958|Documentary
Maria's Days
Italy|1960|Documentary
Stendali (Still They Toll)
Italy|1960|Documentary
The Marshes’ Chant
Italy|1961|Documentary
Being Women
Italy|1965|Documentary
The Bridle On The Neck
Italy|1972|Documentary

Special Focus: I am Independent - HAN Okhi
Han Okhi, one of the very first woman filmmakers in Korea, never ceased to experiment and research on filmmaking. She is the leader of the female experimental film group, Kaidu Club founded with Kim Jeom-sun, Lee Jeong-hee, and Han Soon-ae. She made films addressing questions to the viewers by constantly challenging them. She sought something new by conducting cinematic experiments as well as making films as a means of resistance.
The Hole
Korea|1973|Experimental
The Middle Dogs Day
Korea|1974|Experimental
Colour of Korea
Korea|1976|Experimental
Untitled 77-A
Korea|1977|Experimental

Next newsletter, Special Focus: I am Independent (2) will bring another five women filmmakers in the section: Forough Farrokhzad, Barbara Loden, Anna Karina, Cheryl Dunye, and Albertina Carri.

Please stay tuned!

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