Sex Volunteer (R21)
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011, 9.30pm
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2011, 3.30pm (with post-screening Q&A from 5.30pm – 6.3pm – Free Entry. RSVP not required.)
The film has also been invited to several prestigious film festivals including the upcoming Houston International Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Films and Reel World Film Festival.
Directed by Cho Kyeong-duk,
Korea | Drama | 2010 | 123mins | Korean (with English subtitles) | R21
Helmed by director Cho Kyeong-duk, 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, is about the discovery of an organization that offers sex to disabled people.
A group of three people, a young female student, Ye-Ri, a disabled handicap, Chun-Guil, and a priest, gets arrested in a hotel room for a suspected prostitution. During police investigation, the group claims that the girl was a volunteer, a sex volunteer.
Chun-Guil, who can not use 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 a sexual pleasure in his life time. As the priest contemplates Chun-Guil’s confession, Ye-Ri, a young film student, comes to the light.
Ye-Ri, who’ve made a short film about red light districtprostitutes, wants to create a film about “sex volunteering” based on her own story…
Speakers for Sun 11 Dec 5.30pm to 6.30pm (Free entry. RSVP not required.)
Michael Switow, Moderator
Michael Switow is an anti-poverty campaigner and freelance writer/producer. He is a co-founder of ONE (SINGAPORE) [http://www.onesingapore.org/] which is dedicated to raising public awareness and taking concrete actions to Make Poverty History — and serves as a representative on the Global Council of the world’s largest anti-poverty coalition, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty [http://www.whiteband.org/]
Wong Yock Leng, Speaker
Wong is equipped with 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. has also worked on issues on women workers in Asia Pacific, migrant workers, sex workers in Hong Kong/China.
Brian Bergen-Aurand (Assistant Professor), Speaker
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 entitled 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.