Mental disability has long been stigmatised in South Korea, where sufferers can be hidden away by embarrassed family members and shunted to the margins by an unsympathetic society. In director Lee Han’s Innocent Witness, the testimony of a 15-year-old autistic girl proves critical to the verdict in a murder case. Rather than question the innocence of the accused, the film examines the legitimacy of Ji-woo (Kim Hyang-gi of the Along with the Gods films) as a witness; the treatment she endures from both sides of the aisle becomes a teachable moment for us all.
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