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Imaging Rape: Film "The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin" (2019)

An Asian woman holding a lantern in a lace white dress outside at night with boy and child's monster drawing across the image
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saehim Park, PhD Candidate
GSF Graduate Scholars Colloquium

SaeHim Park (PhD Candidate, Duke University)
Respondent: Anna Storti

This paper examines The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin (2019), a fantasy-documentary film featuring Park In-sun (b.1943), a survivor of the United States military prostitution in South Korea (1950s-present). Images of Park's nightmares appear on screen: beheaded soldier, ghosts, corpses on palanquin, and death messengers. I argue that these tropes challenge the fallacy of choice between rape and death. Sharon Marcus (1992) states, "rape is death, a rape the only way to avoid death is to accept it." Director Kim Dong-ryung (b.1977) and survivor Park In-sun as artists forge a new language against the death of rape.
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