December 7th, 2011

Screening of Sex Volunteer & post-show discussion


Sinema is screening Sex Volunteer, a 2010 Korean film, on Dec 10 and 11.

Sun, 11 Dec 2011, 3.30pm (with post-screening Q&A from 5.30pm – 6.3pm – Free Entry. RSVP not required.)


Helmed by director Cho Kyeong-duk, this film received the Humanitarian and International Jury award at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival in 2009.

Starring Jo Kyeong-ho, Lee Yoon-ho, Han Yeo-reum and Hong Seung-gi, the film is about the discovery of an organization that offers sex to disabled people.

A young female student, a disabled man, and a priest are arrested in a hotel room for a suspected prostitution. During the police investigation, the group claims that the girl was a sex volunteer.

Chun-Guil, who can not use his arms or legs, has taught himself to become a poet. However, he failed to express his feelings to his first crush. He also fails to meet his online date due to her family’s objections.

Feeling desperate and knowing his death is imminent, Chun-Guil confesses to the priest that he wants to feel sexual pleasure during his lifetime. As the priest contemplates Chun-Guil’s confession, Ye-Ri, a young film student, comes into the picture.

On Dec 10, there will also be a post-screening Q&A session from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. The speakers are:

Michael Switow (moderator)
Michael Switow is an anti-poverty campaigner and freelance writer/producer. He is a co-founder of ONE (SINGAPORE), which is dedicated to raising public awareness and taking concrete actions to Make Poverty History. He is a representative on the Global Council of the world’s largest anti-poverty coalition, the Global Call To Action Against Poverty.

Wong Yock Leng
Wong has more than 16 years of experience in both social work and NGO work, having spent 7 years in Hong Kong in an international NGO on students’ empowerment/development. She has also worked on issues pertaining to women workers in Asia Pacific, migrant workers, and sex workers in Hong Kong and China.

Brian Bergen-Aurand
Brian Bergen-Aurand teaches film and critical theory at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he specializes in the relationship between film, ethics, and embodiment. He earned his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Maryland College Park in 2004, with a dissertation titled Seeing And The Seen: Post-Phenomenological Ethics And The Cinema. His most recent articles have appeared in Journal of Information Ethics, Journal of Intercultural Studies, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Photovision, Romance Studies, and CineAction. Currently, he is completing a book entitled Cinematic Provocations: Ethics, Justice, and the Body and compiling The Encyclopedia of Queer Cinema. He is the former sex and gender editor at Clamor Magazine.

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