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American Alley (2008)

Documentary Film in Post-Authoritarian Societies: Korea, Taiwan, South Africa

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 3:00pm

IU Cinema

This series showcases documentary films from three post-authoritarian societies to show how societies make sense of their authoritarian pasts through contemporary documentary film. Organized around the themes of “Labor, Land, Dwelling,” and “Political Mobilization,” this series brings together three otherwise disparate contexts— South Africa, Taiwan, and South Korea—and asks how shared experiences of authoritarian rule shape contemporary political, economic, and social aspirations.

Kim Dong-ryung’s American Alley (2008) traces the lives of women as they navigate sex work, gender and racial pol- itics in the so-called “American Alley” camptown that neighbors the US 2nd Infantry in Dongducheon, South Korea.