My Own Breathing

Since Kim Hak-soon first testified in 1991 about the enforced sexual slavery of women by the Japanese army during WWII, the campaign for justice and reparation has gathered momentum across South Korea.

My Own Breathing - the final part of Byun Young-joo’s Murmuring Trilogy - serves both as a device to document the struggles of the survivors and as an apparatus for Lee Yongsoo and her fellow campaigners to mobilise. Lee, then 72 and one of the younger survivors, is the driving force of the film as she works tirelessly to meet and encourage others to share their traumatic past. It is profoundly moving to be in the presence of the survivors as they face intense trauma with immense humanity, dignity and solidarity.

Director: Byun Young-joo

Producer: Sin Hye-eun