Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  52 minutes
Date:  2013
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Korean / English subtitles
Grade level: 9-12, COLLEGE, ADULT
Color/BW:  Color
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Bittersweet Joke

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Examines the experiences of single mothers in South Korea, where there remains a strong social taboo against single parenthood.

Bittersweet Joke

There remains a strong social taboo against single parenthood in South Korea, where single mothers are still referred to as 'unwed'. BITTERSWEET JOKE is the first Korean film in which single mothers appear with their faces unobscured, and speak frankly about problems they face in a society that treats them as a problem.

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** 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
** 2012 Jeonju International Film Festival
** 2012 Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival
** Best International Projects Showcase, 2011 Sunny Side of the Doc
** 2011 EBS International Documentary Festival


Main credits

Paik, Yeon Ah (Director)
Kim, Ji Young (Producer)
Lee, Sun Young (Cinematographer)
Noh, You Jung (Film editor)
Park, Sang Ho (Composer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Lee Sun Young; editor, Noh You Jung; sound, Park Sang Ho.

Distributor credits

A film by Paik Yeonah

Docuseek2 subjects

Women's Studies
Cultural and Ethnic Studies

Distributor subjects

East Asia
Family Relations
Human Sexuality
South Korea
Women's Studies


Korean; Bittersweet Joke; unwed mothers; single parent; single mom; women's studies; South Korea; gender; marriage; family; social issue; parenting; ; "Bittersweet Joke"; Icarus Films;

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