Asian Pop-Up Cinema - Season 15 Virtual

The Flesh-Witness | 산증인 | 活證人

Expired October 17, 2022 5:00 AM
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The Flesh-Witness | 산증인 | 活證人

Korea, United States | Experimental Documentary | 2021 | 13 minutes | Korean, English, and Chinese with subtitles

Director: Kyuri Jeon



The Flesh-Witness re-edits and traces the military footage from National Archives and Records Administration(NARA) and The Archives of Korean History on Prisoners of War of the Korean War. North Korean, Chinese, and civilians were captured and controlled by the United Nations Command at the Geoje-do POW Camp in the 1950s. During the “voluntary” repatriation process, many POWs forced to be tattooed with anti-communist slogans and symbols on their bodies to prove their ideology and return to the motherland. 


Audio Note: The documentary was composed of historical footage, thus the majority of the film does not contain dialogic audio.

Content Warning: The film contains material that includes abuse, self-harm, violence, and death. Viewer discretion is advised.

DIRECTOR - Kyuri Jeon

Kyuri Jeon is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York/Seoul. In the form of installation, video, and performance. Jeon explores interconnectedness of language, gender, and identity manifested on the body through the lenses of transnational and intersectional perspectives. Jeon’s work has been featured internationally at venues including MassArt Art Museum, USA; The Institute of Contemporary Art, USA; Artists’ Moving Image Festival, UK; Festival Film Dokumenter, Indonesia; Women Make Waves, Taiwan; and DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, South Korea. She holds BFA from Korea National University of Arts, and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and Seoul National University. She is a recipient of Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, and Second Prize in Asian Shorts Competition, Seoul International Women’s Film Festival.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    13 minutes
  • Language
    English, Korean, Chinese
  • Country
    Korea, United States
  • Director
    Kyuri Jeon