Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
March 24, 2020 @ 12:00 am - March 29, 2020 @ 12:00 am
Written by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
Directed by Martin Mallet
Actors : Shim Marie & Mina Kweon
Production : KITAC
Graphic Design & Drawings : Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
Music: Loïc Gendry
Why want to put on a play about comfort women, when many books, films, documentaries have already appeared on this theme, and that the subject is more than sensitive, in these current times of renewed tension between Korea and Japan ?
The theater has the privilege of being able to carry a word so that it can continue. And so that we humans can remember and make these testimonies exist in our memories. The theater also has this capacity to be able to universalize a Memory which, over time, will be part of the History of Humanity.
Since Homer once sang the heroes of the Trojan War, should not we, in our own way, tell the story of those women who survived a human tragedy? By testifying all their lives, by recounting again and again this abyss of darkness, having the courage to speak before the whole world, do not they also become heroines of our time whose word deserves to be carried on stage?
Staging Oksun’s testimony, through Gendry Kim Keum Suk’s “The Weeds” comic, is to bring his memory to the theater and to give him a real place in the history of our world. .
It is not only to pay homage to them, but it is also to restore them to their dignity, long scorned even by their compatriots.
Do not forget.
To be the depositories of a Memory of the History of the humanity.
Participate in the homage paid to these women, of whom there will soon be no more survivors.
That’s what we want to propose.
Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, in her thirties, is a cartoonist. She wants to write a comic book about comfort women. To do this, she goes to meet a compatriot, Lee Oksun, aged eighty, exiled for 55 years in China which she comes to collect the testimony.
Born in Korea in a very poor family of five, little Oksun was entrusted to a couple of restaurateurs at a very young age. Working very hard and having realized that she would never be sent to school as was more or less agreed upon when her parents separated from her, Oksun started to rebel, which led to her being sold. to the tenants of a bistro.
One day, as she was returning from a race, Oksun was abducted by two strangers. She was 16 years old. It was in 1942, Japan occupied Korea. Oksun was then deported to China where, along with other girls, she had to resign herself to become a sex slave for Japanese soldiers. For years, the young Korean lived in misery, in fear, and shamefully exploited by unscrupulous men. When the war ended, Oksun found herself without money, abandoned to hundreds of kilometers of parents and siblings potentially living in Korea where she decided to return 55 years after leaving home …