“The Island of Shadows” Film Screening

followed by Q&A with Director Jeonggeun Kim and Ms. Jinsook Kim

“The Island of Shadows” Film Screening


"The Island of Shadows," 2014 (98 min), gives voice to the unionists at Hanjin and highlights the historic 309-day high-altitude sit-in by Ms. Jinsook Kim.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
3:30 PM

Perloff 1102

Ms. Jinsook Kim is widely known for her protest of labor repression at Hanjin shipyards in 2011, sitting-in atop a high altitude crane for 309 days. Accompanying Ms. Kim will be Yira Hwang, who handled the support operation on the ground for Ms. Jinsook Kim during her sit-in, and Mr. Jeonggeun Kim, director of the documentary.

Ms Kim, a female welder who spearheaded the struggle to democratize the union in the mid-1980s, was eventually fired by the company, and has been waging a persistent battle for reinstatement since then. She emerged as a key figure in the “democratic” labor movement of South Korea over the 1990s as one of the most committed leaders of the metal workers’ union movement and in the recent decades has become the champion of irregular workers.

YouTube film preview: https://www.youtube.com/embed/BXIfuAChOKs

The Island of Shadows -Trailer

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Labor and Workplace Studies