WHAT: I haven't seen this, but here's a succinct synopsis from a footnote in Glen Mimura's 2008 book Ghostlife of Third Cinema: Asian American Film and Video:
This film centers on the stories of several Korean women who were involved in the sex industry, and illuminates the industry's multitiered political economy, including the more than 180 "camp towns" set up and regulated by the U.S. Army.WHERE/WHEN: Screens tonight only at the New Parkway at 7:00. Though the venue website lists the run-time as "unknown", its distributor Third World Newsreel indicates it as 60 minutes long.
WHY: This month is "Karma Cinema Month" at the New Parkway, which means that every admission ticket purchased has 30% of it donated to local non-profits. Not only that, all ticket prices this month are "pay-what-you-wish"; I wonder if this might result in a higher-than-usual overall box office take, even with that 30% going to charity?
Other movies screening at the venue right now include Before Midnight (currently showing on 35mm at the Opera Plaza, but shot digitally so perhaps the New Parkway's projection is preferable for some), Man of Steel, Kings of Summer and Much Ado About Nothing. The upcoming schedule also includes quite a few interesting options during the month, including a showcase of African and Haitian films called the Matatu Film Festival August 15-17. But tonight's screening of The Women Outside is not just a boon to the non-profits on the New Parkway's "Karma Cinema Month" list; it's also a co-presentation of the Alipato Project and the usual licensing fee to screen the doc has been waived by distributor Third World Newsreel in order to help audiences support the East Bay domestic violence-combating organization.
HOW: Digital presentation. I have been unable to determine whether this was shot on 16mm, or on analog video, or on another format.