social movements do not only exist in physical space and number of people,
but also within imagination, interaction with people, which let us understand ourselves from a new angle.
it is said that social movements are like romantic love. yet, for love there is often an expectation gap. romance at the beginning of a relationship usually does not mean eternality. miscommunication, wrong positions, long-lasting sense of uselessness… perhaps, only after these traumas, we can find ourselves, going through a path of release and relief.
in the post-screening discussion of last year’s smff, one asked how to face the ‘traumas of social movements’. we do not have the answer, nor the way to find the answer on our own.
in social movements, it is necessary for us to be willing to open ourselves, going into the society with concerns and listen to others and ourselves. by doing so, then, we realize the social oppression in daily life and take action. daily life is not exempted from the disregard and repression of marginal groups by the mainstream; mainstream culture attaches to and influences our lives, such as the worship of authority, reckless simplification, groundless violence….when we criticize the mainstream culture, it is not because of its ‘bad taste’, but because it tempts us not to think, and even look down on others in various forms.
mainstream culture is everywhere. given such situation, how can we join collective actions, leaning to ‘include others in the self’, and turning a collective into an organic one but not a group of unrecognized people?
let us reflect upon and equip ourselves in this year’s smff.