Ke Guo: Thirty Two

At the end of the film photos of old Chinese ladies come up on the screen. They have had the same experience in their lives: They were captured by the Japanese during the war and kept as prisoners in a camp to be abused by the soldiers. They were placed in a so-called ”Comfort Station”.

92 year old Wei Shaolan is one of them and she tells her own story that could quite as well have been one of the others. A clever decision of the filmmakers to concentrate on one – in this case a unique – storyteller. She lives with her son, the consequence of one of numerous rapes, ”a Japanese”, as he has been called many times, 68 years old he is and it seems that he does communicate with his mother. SHE is fabulous. Shocking to listen to her story about the suffering during the time as a prisoner, as well as her hard time back home with the husband, who did not recognise the son of a Japanese soldier. What a life and what a will she has had to survive, and how beautiful a cinematography. That makes her beautiful and where you really are invited to read her old face. Which is like a landscape. Lived Life and a film that is an important historical document that is very well made and respectful towards the woman and all the others, who experienced the horror.

China/ Hong Kong, 2013, 43 mins.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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