63 Years On recap

The viewing didn’t go exactly as planned. Then again, when does anything happen smoothly?

Apparently due to the information available in the documentary specifically the lengthy and informational interviews with five women that lived through this time of war and rape this documentary is not yet available to the public. The director made a deal with the five women that this film would not be released to the public until they’ve all passed away. This is due to the fact that this issue is still very relevant in their lives, their children may not know fully what happened and their communities may not as well. In order to protect these women from societies that may shun them for the activities they were involved in a deal was struck. That being said The House of Sharing wasn’t infringingin on that deal in any way. The director was able to send out burned copies of the documentary to specific groups with the promise that the groups could and would only show this show a certain number of times and cannot make this burned copy available to anyone else.

The five women, some still living near where’d they’d been taken during the war, tell their stories in detail to an audience that sat glued to the screen. Of course there were glitches with the burned copy of the documentary and every 20 minutes or so there were sighs and moans as the movie would skip a beat or freeze and the leaders would have to restart it. Eventually, they decided to stop the movie and just have a discussion because the stopping and starting got pretty ridiculous. But the questions and answers allowed for people to get the information they really wanted and get as many answers as possible. When 5 o’clock came around they made the announcement that those that wished to leave could but those that wished to stay and try to see the rest of it through the freezes and the skips could. And so I stayed.

This documentary doesn’t just focus on the Korean women involved in this but women from different countries. That’s important because as the grandmothers here will tell you they aren’t interested in just getting people to know about them but they want people to realize that this happens everywhere in the world. This raping and plundering happens during every war and women and children are discarded without a thought. Why does this happen? Why do we allow it? These are questions we should all think about and right now around the world these things are still happening.

If you want to see this documentary The House of Sharing will be having another viewing in the fall. If you’re not in Korea find your nearest women’s rights organization and they may have a burnt copy or know a group that is also doing a viewing.

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