Making Sundried Red Peppers
Gochoo Maligi

KOREA / 1999 / Korean / Color / 16mm / 59 min

Director, Script
: Jang Hee-sun
Photography: Go Hyun-wook
Sound: Hwang Tae-gun
Editing: Jang Hee-sun, Kim Tae-yun
Producer: Kim Jung-young, Shim Hyun-woo
Production Company: Independent Films CHUNG-NYUN
Source: MIROVISION, Inc.
4th Fl. Kyounghee Bldg., 1-153 Shinmunro 2-Ga, Chongro-Gu Seoul, 110-062 KOREA
Phone: 82-2-737-1185
Fax: 82-2-737-1184
E-mail: mirovision@channeli.net

Jang Hee-sun

Born in Seoul, Korea, in 1973. After graduating from Ehwa Woman's University, she joined the independent film group Chung-Nyun and started to learn and make movies. These include: Rewind (1994), Welcome (1996). Welcome won the award for Outstanding Film at the 1st Seoul Women's Film Festival. Making Sundried Red Peppers won Outstanding Film and the Audience Award at the 2nd Festival. Meanwhile, she worked for the film The Day the Pig Fell Into the Well (1995) and also with many short films by Chung-Nyun. She is now working for her M.F.A. at the University of Yong-In Filmmaking Course.

Red peppers spread out on a mat under the open sky - it is a typical scene around Korea each autumn. The preparation of this important spice in Korean cuisine is a traditional one; it is also a task reserved for women. In this film, the hardworking grandma takes care of it, as the daughter-in-law has a busy social life, and the lazy granddaughter's only motivations are to eat, sleep, and occasionally film.
The "granddaughter" director's real family stars, as they act out scenes from their own lives. Inserted are documentary shots of the director interviewing her "stars" off the set, revealing the hidden conflicts in the traditional family.

Director's Statement

This is a story about Family.
Relationships in a family can be so close that the family member's real existence disappears in each other's eyes. In a family, the members have their relative role names - grandma, mother, daughter, etc. - and each one defines the other member's roles just from a selfish point of view. Regarding close family members as individuals may be a good starting point in viewing oneself and others from a different perspective.
This is a film about Women.
It is said that Woman is the second sex. Though I may think I live my life by myself, they say that I am not the center of my life. In a male dominated world, it is very difficult for a woman to be in the center of her own life. This is wrongly validated within the family, but no one is conscious of it. Nevertheless, even a woman placed not in the center but on its periphery still tries to lead her own life-style and find her own identity.
Riding the borderline between documentary and fiction, I wanted above all to approach feminism in a personal and practical way by showing three women's everyday lives very frankly. This film is based on real characters, places and stories. Though made like a work of fiction, it can be appreciated with the kind of feelings often evoked by documentary.
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