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Theatre of the Oppressed

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Coined by Augusto Boal, this term has been adopted internationally to denote a way of creating theatre and conducting paratheatrical work to achieve his aims of social franchisement and agency.


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Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits
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The film is a documentary about the life of a female shaman Kim Keum-hwa, who was shunned for being possessed by spirits as a girl and oppressed for following superstitions as an adult. It depicts how she grows to be a great shaman who embraces the pain of all people, and how she comes to be honoured as a national treasure of Korea because of her outstanding artistic talents throughout Korea’s tumultuous history. The film is based on the autobiography “Bidankkob Neom-Se” by Kim Keum-hwa.
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Bertolt Brecht reformed various aspects of 20th-century theatre. He created an acting process, theories of dramaturgy and performance, a performance style, and wrote hundreds of plays and poems.


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