Isea 2022 - Possibles



June 11 to 16

Screening / Unforgotten

Authors: Sujin Kim


An experimental 3D animation that weaves together the testimonies of four late Korean women who suffered from sexual slavery at so called Comfort Stations for the Japanese Imperial military during the World War II.


Theme: Human Rights, Comfort Women, World War II, Women, Historical Testimony, 3D Animation

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  • Abstract: The animation Unforgotten tells a traumatic historical event that happened to the most vulnerable group of women during a wartime and had been forgotten for a half-century. The animation shines a light on the victims’ voices and their willingness to give testimonies that deliver the historical truth rejected and denied by mainstream history. The women who give the testimonies in the animation spent the last moments of their lives fighting for women’s human rights so that women will never be sexually sacrificed again during wartime.

    Unforgotten tells the atrocious wartime sexual violence through fairy-like visuals that are metaphorical and poetic so as not to perpetuate violent imagery and retraumatize the victims. This approach is for changing how we conceive victims of wartime sexual violence, who were commonly considered filthy women by their community and retraumatized in media by repeatedly reproducing sexual sensations. The animation ultimately intends to change the way we conceive our past and historical trauma and, most importantly, pursue our future to embrace the history of marginalized people.

  • Biography: Sujin Kim is an animation artist, filmmaker, and assistant professor of 3D Animation in the School of Art at Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. She studied Fine Arts at Ewha Womans University in South Korea and received her MFA in Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts in the US with a concentration in CGI. Kim implements a broad range of visual language ranging from 2D traditional to CG techniques for animated filmmaking. Her films have been selected and screened at many film festivals worldwide including the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. 

    Kim’s MFA thesis received the Gold Medal at the 48th Student Academy Awards in the Animation category. She is a recipient of the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Educator’s Forum Scholarship for 2019-2020, Experimental Animation Named Award: Jules Engel Scholarship, Lillian Disney Scholarship, Vision Ewha Artist Award, and Adobe Prize at the 2019 Ewha Media Art Presentation. She is a member of the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Educators Forum and served as a nomination judge on the Student Film for the 49th Annual ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Awards. Her commercial CG projects include collaborations with Roc Nation, Epitaph Records, and Warner Music UK. 
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