Added: January 24, 2015 – Last updated: April 11, 2015
Author: María del Pilar Álvarez
Title: Los usos del testimonio en los documentales de las mujeres de confort
Subtitle: Límites y obsáculos de su representación
In: Presencias culturales en el mundo global
Edited by: Carolina Mera and Paula Iadevito
Place: Buenos Aires
Publisher: Editorial Mnemosyne
Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Japanese History, Korean History | Representations: Films / Habitual Sadness, The Murmuring, My Own Breathing; Types: "Comfort Women", Wartime Rape / Asia-Pacific War
Link: Acta Académica (Free Access)
Since the 90s, the testimonies of several survivors of the sexual slavery of the Japanese army (comfort women) have attained a significant national and international political force. After forty years of silenced memories, the voices of these women – the majority Koreans - turned their experience into an essential tool for reconstructing the complex sociopolitical networking in which that past took place. The moral and affective hegemony that intertwine the heartbreaking testimonies is considered the main element that maintains the political and judicial demands. They, that have an unquestionable symbolic aura, are the bases of documentary narratives. Therefore, the bond between filmic images and truth raise the limits and obstacles of emblematic uses of memories´ (re)signification.
Lecture: Álvarez, María del Pilar. »Usos del testimonio en los documentales de las mujeres de confort: límites y obstáculos de su representación.« VII Congreso Nacional de Estudios Coreanos. Buenos Aires 2011.