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Film Screening: “Itaewon” & Talk with the director Kangyu Garam

February 18, 2021 & February 19, 2021 (Three time slots, details below)

“Itaewon” (directed by Kangyu Garam) is a ​story of three women who have been living in Itaewon, Seoul since the era that the town was run by U.S dollars of the U.S. Army. The film won the best documentary film director award at the 2019 Wildflower Film Awards Korea
이태원 Itaewon (2016 / 94mins / color / DCP)
Itaewon, once known as a red-light district surrounding the U.S. military base in Korea, has recently been viewed as a hot, exotic area that symbolizes multinational restaurants and cultures in the media. While the town has gone through drastic changes, how do the women who have lived there for a long time see it? The film Itaewon examines how Itaewon has changed over the years by following the lives and memories of three women who have been living there since the era when the town was run by dollars from the U.S. Army. The film also views how the women are perceived and alienated in the change of the town.
Kangyu Garam, the director of the film, co-founded the Alternative Cultural Club, Girls Play Girls. She was the assistant director and film distributor for the feature documentary “The Girl Princes” (2012). The director was awarded the Best Korean Documentary Award for her film “My Father’s House” (2011) (a story of her family and the property bubbles in South Korea) at the 3rd DMZ International Documentary Film Festival. In 2013, she collaborated with female documentary filmmakers for the feature documentary “Let’s Dance,” a story of abortion and women. Her film, “Us, Day by Day” (2019) was given the Best Picture at the 2019 Seoul International Women’s Film Festival (SIWFF).
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | Film screening: “Itaewon” | Directed by Kangyu Garam
Two time slots available for screening:
February 18, 2021 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (up to 35 attendees): Please register here in advance.
February 18, 2021 | 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (up to 35 attendees): Please register here in advance
Recording, capturing, archiving, and redistributing the audio and/or the video of the film is NOT permitted.
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (EST) | Talk with the director, Kangyu Garam
Please register here in advance.
Chair: Prof. Yoonkyung Lee (Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Korea (CSK) at the University of Toronto)

This event is organized by Laam Hae (York University), Yoonkyung Lee (University of Toronto), and Youngrong Lee (University of Toronto).
This event is presented by the Centre for the Study of Korea (CSK) at University of Toronto and co-presented by the Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE) at York University which is funded by the AKS.
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Feb 18 2021


12:00 am - 12:00 am


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