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Movie Minorities: Transnational Rights Advocacy and South Korean Cinema
by Hye Seung Chung and David Scott Diffrient
Rutgers University Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-1-9788-0965-9 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-0968-0 | Paper: 978-1-9788-0964-2
Library of Congress Classification PN1993.5.K6C5453 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.43095195

Rights advocacy has become a prominent facet of South Korea’s increasingly transnational motion picture output, especially following the 1998 presidential inauguration of Kim Dae-jung, a former political prisoner and victim of human rights abuses who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000. Today it is not unusual to see a big-budget production about the pursuit of social justice or the protection of civil liberties contending for the top spot at the box office. With that cultural shift has come a diversification of film subjects, which range from undocumented workers’ rights to the sexual harassment experienced by women to high-school bullying to the struggles among people with disabilities to gain inclusion within a society that has transformed significantly since winning democratic freedoms three decades ago. Combining in-depth textual analyses of films such as Bleak NightOkjaPlanet of SnailRepatriation, and Silenced with broader historical contextualization, Movie Minorities offers the first English-language study of South Korean cinema’s role in helping to galvanize activist social movements across several identity-based categories.
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