A screening of the North Korean film “The Schoolgirl’s Diary” (“Han Nyeohaksaengeui Ilgi”) followed by commentary by Suk-Young Kim, assistant professor of theatre and dance at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an expert on North Korean propaganda.
April 9, 2008 4-6:30 PM
Woodrow Wilson Center
6th Floor Auditorium
“The Schoolgirl’s Diary” (2006, in Korean, no subtitles) is the story of a self-absorbed North Korean teenager, Soo-Ryeon, who yearns to move to the city from her home in the countryside and questions the values of her father and mother; a scientist who puts the good of the nation before that of his family, and a librarian at the academy of sciences. Soo-Ryeon realizes how selfish she is only after her mother falls ill and her father makes a major breakthrough in his research. The film’s screenwriters reportedly got help drafting the script from North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
Suk-Young Kim is assistant professor of theatre and dance at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is currently completing a book project titled ‘Illusive Utopia: Theater, Film, and Everyday Performance in North Korea,’ which explores how state produced propaganda performances intersect with everyday life practice in North
Korea. Another book project, Long Road Home: A Testimony of a North Korean Camp Survivor (coauthored with Kim Yong) is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.
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