[SEMU-YÉOL LECTURE] September 2019 Korea’s First Female Film Director - Park Nam Ok and (1955)작성일   2019-08-20

[SEMU-YÉOL LECTURE] September 2019

Korea’s First Female Film Director - Park Nam Ok and <The Widow> (1955)

Lecturer: Simon McEnteggart

Film Critic, Dongguk University



As we celebrate the 100 years of Korean cinema in 2019, it is the perfect time to examine the life of Korea’s first female film director Park Nam Ok. Often overlooked and forgotten, especially in comparison to the cinematic achievements of Korean men, director Park’s strong determination to overcome the post-war restraints and sexism at the time in order to produce a feature film is truly remarkable. Her film <The Widow>, released in 1955, is a melodrama depicting the plights of the war widows and the difficult choices women were forced to make in post-war Korea and leads the storyline of the heroine to eventually refuse to obey the traditional Confucian rules.


This lecture will look into the life of director Park Nam Ok including her early years in North Gyeongsang Province, her short-lived filmmaking career and the trials she endured, followed by a discussion on director Park’s twilight years in the US and her enduring legacy in Korean cinema.  



Simon McEnteggart is a film critic and filmmaker based in Seoul. After completing a master’s degree in Film and Cultural Theory, Simon was a lecturer at the University of Sunderland in the UK for three years. He moved to Korea and wrote articles as a film columnist for the Korean Film Council, Cine21 on Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival, Groove Korea magazine, and established the K-cinema website He also studied Film Directing course at Dongguk University where he produced a short film <Yoo-kyeong> touching on domestic violence, which was invited to international film festivals.





Learning Room (1st floor), Seoul Museum of History

55 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


Date and Time

September 2, 2019 (Mon)

11:30 A.M. to 13:00 P.M



No Admission Fee





Tel: 010.2492.6851 (Text Only)

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