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Image of Director Gina Kim working on a set for "TEARLESS".

Director Gina Kim's VR Film "TEARLESS" has won the BEST IMMERSIVE WORK award at the Geneva International Film Festival.

UCLA's Department of Film, TV, and Digital Media Professor Gina Kim's new Virtual Reality film Tearless won the BEST IMMERSIVE WORK award at the Geneva International Film Festival. The festival wrote "the exhibition of Tearless marked a rare and moving moment within our program." Prior to Geneva, Tearless premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2021 and was also showcased at prestigious museums in 12 satellite cities including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Geneva, Hangzhhou, Modena, Montreal, Moscow, Paris, Portland (Oregon), and Taipei.

Tearless is about the U.S. military comfort women of 96 “camp towns” established by U.S. and Korean governments to provide sex workers (aka “U.S. military comfort women”) to the U.S. soldiers. Tearless explores the horrifying medical prison, “Monkey House,” built to isolate the women diagnosed with, or accused of, STDs. Tearless is the second film of Kim’s trilogy starting with 2017’s Bloodless which won the Best VR Story Award at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, followed by numerous awards and nominations.  

Gina Kim is a writer and director whose five feature films and works of video art have screened at over 150 prestigious international film festivals and venues such as Cannes, Venice, Berlin, and Sundance, as well as MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and the Smithsonian. Kim’s films have been theatrically released to critical acclaim in Europe, Asia, and the US. Praised by Le Figaro as a “fearless feminist who conceals an extreme sensitivity,” Kim’s Invisible Light (2003) was selected as one of the 10 best films of 2003 by Film Comment. Never Forever (2007), starring Jung-woo Ha and Vera Farmiga, was the first co-production between the United States and South Korea. Final Recipe (2014), starring Michelle Yeoh and Henry Lau was wide-released in China in more than 3,240 theaters. As an academic, Kim was the first Asian woman in her department at Harvard, and her Korean Cinema Course was the first of its kind at an Ivy League university. Kim is currently a professor at UCLA.  

Click the links below for more information about "TEARLESS" and Director Kim's works:  (in Korean)

Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2021