Rewriting the male-dominated Korean labor history in the 70s.
“We are not a machine!” In 1970, young JEON Tae-il burned himself to death to tell the world Korea’s cruel labor condition. At that time, girls aged 12 to 16 were hired to work at sewing factories. Those girls were too young to work but also too poor. After JEON’s tragic sacrifice, laborers started to change, set up a labor union and school class. But before long, the class was forced to close by the government, claiming “The next JEON will be a woman!”. Some of the girls were imprisoned after fighting against the government. On the 50th anniversary of JEON’s death, we meet those now middle-aged girls to recall the memories of the life as female laborers.