We are ready to step into your world.
Nabi, a veteran firefighter, prided herself for living a successful life, until one day her child, Hankyeol, comes out to her by saying: “Mom, I want to get a mastectomy.” Meanwhile, Vivian, a flight attendant of 28 years, sheds tears after reading her son, Yejoon’s, letter: “I’m gay.” Nabi and Vivian’d never even heard of the term “LGBTQIA+” during their entire lives when Hankyeol and Yejoon started opening up their various problems. Facing the reality that their children are struggling, what would two mothers do?
Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Korea and co-sponsored by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for the Sexual Diversity Studies, the Women and Gender Studies Institute, and the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, the Academy of Korean Studies, York University’s Korean Office for Research and Education, and WIND, Toronto Korean Feminist Collective.
Information about the Documentary
Title: Coming To You 너에게 가는 길
Director and Writer: BYUN Gyuri
Cast: Nabi, Vivian
Executive Producer: PINKS Producers Sona JO, LEE Hyuk-sang
Production: South Korea 2021
Running time: 93 min (post-screening conversations will follow screening)
Doors Open: 2:30pm
Screening Starts: 2:45pm
Audio: Korean (English subtitles)
Post-screening panelists: Sujin Choi (WIND), Minwoo Jung (Loyola), Hyun-Chul Kim & Samuel Yoon (U of Toronto)
Sujin Choi is a member of WIND (Toronto Korean Feminist Collective), and a founding member of Jogakbo (transgender rights organization) and Rainbow Foundation in South Korea. She also performed as a singer on the 2016 Seoul Pride stage.
Minwoo Jung is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago. His research investigates the impacts of global and regional geopolitics on political, economic, and social life of marginalized groups and individuals. Drawing on multi-sited fieldwork conducted across East and Southeast Asia, he is working on a book project that presents a comparative ethnography of the intimate entanglements of queer lives and geopolitics.
Hyun-Chul Kim is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Geography & Planning at the University of Toronto. She earned her MA degree in Geography from Seoul National University with the analysis of spatial occupation and contestation of the publicness between LGBTQI+ allies and anti-queer coalitions in the 2014 Seoul and Daegu Queer Parade in South Korea. Her doctoral project centers on rural villages as the intermediate locus of leprosy control in South Korea after the Korean War to engage in a deeper analysis of “the carceral” in the broader Asian context from the ruins of war, the discontinuity and continuity of the colonial past, as well as dreams of reconstructing nations via small community and rural reforms.
Samuel Yoon (He/Him) is a PhD student in Women and Gender studies at the University of Toronto. His research is on queer performance, violence, and Asian racialization. In his spare time, he is an active participant and performer in queer of colour spaces in Toronto. Prior to his graduate studies he worked at an HIV/AIDS service organization as a project lead on LGBTQ+ inclusion.