Jun 2016 VOL.62


  • The Color of Pain
  • by Zachary R. Hooker / 01.05.2012

  • Original title:
    보라 (Bo-ra)
    Year: 2010
    Length: 136 min.
    Format: HD cam
    Aspect: 1.85:1
    Color/BW: Color
    Audio: Dolby Digital
    Director: LEE Kang-hyun
    Genre: Documentary
    Release Date: Nov. 24, 2011
    International Film Festivals:
                          2011 Jeonju International Film Festival
                          2011 Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille
                          2011 Cinemanila International Film Festival
                          2011 Torino Film Festival
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    This experimental, quasi-observational documentary concerns itself with labor conditions and workers’ rights. It confronts these topics obliquely, not with hidden camera tactics or a line-up of talking heads, but with a meticulous forensic eye not unlike those of the medical inspectors it sometimes follows from worksite to worksite. It does not dwell on the violent spectacle of workplace injuries, instead tracing the daily routines of laborers. The collected footage reveals how it is that responsibility for poor labor conditions becomes diffused throughout society, and how the color of pain too often blends in with that of its surroundings.
    Born in 1975, Lee Kang-hyun directed his debut film <The Description of Bankruptcy> in 2006, which showed at the 2007 Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), the 2007 Yamagata Documentary Film Festival and the 2008 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. <The Color of Pain> collected a Critics’ Audience Award that the 2011 JIFF and a special mention at the 2011 Torino Film Festival in Italy.
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