Saturday, March 10th, 2018 Community Screening of Variety Survival Talkshow 버라이어티 생존토크쇼 & Conversations with the Director JO Se-young and Korean feminist activist-scholars

Saturday, March 10, 20182:15PM - 5:30PMInnis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave



*Open to Public; Tickets are free of charge; Bilingual (English subtitle & Korean-English interpretation for the panel is provided) (감독과의 대화: 한국어/영어 통역)

Title: Variety Survival Talkshow 버라이어티 생존토크쇼
Director: JO Se-young
Genre: Documentary
Production: South Korea 2009
Running time: 72 min (panel and open Q&A the director will follow screening)
Doors Open: 2:15pm
Screening Starts: 2:30pm
Audio: Korean (English subtitles)

Variety Survival Talkshow 버라이어티 생존토크쇼, an award-winning documentary, follows the narrative of South Korean women who have come together to break the silence about sexual violence. It is a story of survival and resilience, but also desires, intimacy, and collective solidarity for social change. On the International Women’s Day in 2018, in the #MeToo moment across national borders, we hope this documentary and the discussion with the Director Jo Se-young, together with feminist activist-scholars Youn Joung Kim and Hae Yeon Choo, will inspire us think through what women’s citizenship means, reminding us how the personal is ever more political.

Director JO Se-young has directed numerous critically-acclaimed feature documentaries with a focus on gender and sexual politics in South Korea. She made her debut in film directing in 2005 with . She received the Jinbo Award at the Seoul Independent Documentary Film and Video Festival with (2009). She also won the White Goose Award at the DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival and other awards with , on women’s experiences with abortion.

Youn Joung Kim is a feminist activist-scholar and Ph.D. student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. She appears in this documentary as a member of the feminist group against sexual violence in South Korea. Her research interests revolved around sex work and U.S. militarization in South Korea.

Hae Yeon Choo is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Affiliated Faculty of the Asian Institute and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016) on labor and marriage migration and the question of migrant rights and citizenship in South Korea.


JO Se-young
Film director

Youn Joung Kim
Ph.D Student, Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies, York University

Hae Yeon Choo
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of Korea


Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF)

Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto

Cinema Studies Student Union (CINSSU) at the University of Toronto

Centre for Feminist Research at York University

Gender, Feminist, & Women's Studies at York University

York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR)

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