New documentary movie titled “Sewing Sisters”, highly recommended by the nation’s top filmmakers Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook is set to release in theatres on Jan. 20.
The “Sewing Sisters,” has been co-directed by Kim Jung-young and Lee Hyuk-rae. The movie centers around three women who used to work for textile companies at Peace Market in the 1970s.
The film was shown in a VIP screening event on Jan. 4 where the noted directors mentioned above were invited to.
It begins with the three climbing up a small green hill under a blue sky where three sewing machines stand instead of directly showing the poor working conditions of women. At first, they start talking casually about their sewing skills.
The movie then slowly unveils the three women’s connection to Chun Tae-il, a labor activist and tailor at Peace Market, who had immolated himself in protest after witnessing how the female workers suffer from brutal working conditions, after being exploited in the name of capitalism.
The film proceeds in detail about what happened on Sept. 9, 1977, to female workers who joined Peace Market’s labor union that was created after Chun’s death.
During the movie’s press conference, the three protagonist women — Lee Suk-hee, Shin Soon-ae and Lim Mi-kyung mentioned that they hope more people get to find out about their stories through this movie.
Former Peace Market worker Lim mentioned that at first, she did not wanted to be part of the film, as she did not feel comfortable about people finding out what had happened to her. She continued to explain that her daughter gave her the courage to tell her story through the movie.
The three during the conference also shared some of their personal moments experienced and felt.