Director: Jeamin Cha
Section: The New Medium III: Multi-screen Cinema
Country: South Korea | Year: 2016
Language(s): Korean | Time: 33 mins
At a meeting of the Wage Commission in South Korea, twelve characters debate the conditions necessary to live a dignified life. On opposite ends are business owners and representatives of a workers’ union, and in the middle are the government mediators. Based on documents from twelve meetings of the Commission that took place in 2015 to decide the national minimum wage for the forthcoming year, Jeamin Cha creates a script, and skillfully uses the form of reenactment to make public the intricacies of behind-the-scenes democratic processes.
Jeamin Cha (b. 1986) works variously between film, performance and installation. Through interviews and field work, she reconstructs images and situations that examine the possibilities of political action. Cha has presented her work at AV Festival, Newcastle, Yogyakarta Documentary Film Festival, Berlinale International Film Festival, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Gwangju Biennale, Kadist, San Francisco, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Kukje Gallery, Seoul.