God’s Daughter Dances
(신의 딸은 춤을 춘다)
Director: Sungbin Byun
2021 | South Korea | 25m | Korean
Dancer Shin-mi, a trans woman in South Korea, gets a call from the Military Manpower Administration, to appear for military service examination.
Starring: Haejun, Wookyum Kim, Hojun Lim
Playing in shorts program: Stand Up, Be Heard
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Born in 1991, Byun studied Film and Eastern Philosophy at University. With his short films Horn (2014) and The Chicken of Wuzuh (2015) he was invited to play Busan International Film Festival and won the Grand Prix from the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. Another one of his films, Hands and Wings (2019) was selected to play Slamdance and the Brussels Short Film Festival.
The world conquered by wind. That violent wind fleet and cannibalistic school of sharks, tinged with blue. My bladder, reflexively swelling up. Today’s battle is tense. I forebode it. Therefore, the brilliant dance of agony now unfolds, and I tell sorrow to look over here since I dance along your rhythm—look at my flexible arms and legs, thoroughly tamed by your rhythm during my whole life.
– Seung-ja Choi “Dance of Agony”