And Thereafter I
In the first of a trilogy of documentaries about military war brides, Hosup Lee follows Young-ja Wilke, a woman who tried to escape the Korean War, only to end up with a brutish husband and unappreciative children.
And Thereafter IAlternate titles: And Thereafter I Protagonizada por Lee Ho Sup
And Thereafter I - a documentary by Lee Hosup
After the Korean War, 10,000 Korean women married American G.I.’s, hoping to escape poverty and starvation in their devastated country. Young-Ja Wike is one of those women. For over 40 years, she has lived with her husband in a typical suburban house in New Jersey, where she raised three children. Yet she never learned fluent English, which has made her life in America that much more difficult.
Any hope of the American dream is whittled away from years of solitude, her servile existence with a brutish husband and unappreciative children, and the trauma of the war. Her story encourages viewers to reflect on the unequal relations between Korea and the United States and the effects of military conflict on individuals.
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