Posted on Nov 14, 2016

Unveiling Korea’s Industrialization Vocabulary in Bikini Words

Exciting news for film enthusiasts and culture aficionados! Nils Clauss’s captivating short film, BIKINI WORDS, is set to grace the screens at the prestigious International Short Film Festival Berlin (Interfilm). The 32nd edition of this renowned festival promises a cinematic feast, unfolding between November 14th and 20th.


BIKINI WORDS delves into the uncharted linguistic landscape that emerged among South Korean factory workers amidst the rapid industrialization of the 1970s and 1980s. This groundbreaking film unveils the novel vocabulary crafted by these workers. It provides names to the transformative aspects of their urbanized lives.

Festival Screenings

For everyone passionate about cinematography and intrigued by the intersection of history and language, BIKINI WORDS is a must-see. The film focuses on the linguistic development during South Korea’s industrialization, creating a poignant narrative that resonates with the cultural shifts of that transformative era.

Witness the evolution of language in the midst of societal change, as depicted by German filmmaker & photographer Nils Clauss. His keen eye and storytelling prowess bring to life the experiences of factory workers. It offers a unique perspective on their urbanized lives.

Save the Dates

For those eager to experience BIKINI WORDS on the big screen, Interfilm offers two exclusive screenings:

Screening 1: November 16, 2016 – 19:00h @Babylon 2
Screening 2: November 18, 2016 – 19:00h @Passage 1


The film not only explores the linguistic nuances of South Korea’s industrial past but also captures the essence of the architectural and spatial transformations in Geumcheon District. This project, commissioned by Geumcheon District Office in Seoul, reflects on the industrial history of the G-Valley area.

Join Us at Interfilm

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to immerse yourself in the evocative narrative of BIKINI WORDS. Join us at Interfilm for an unforgettable cinematic journey into the unique vocabulary that shaped the lives of factory workers during a transformative era.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and be part of the cinematic celebration at the International Short Film Festival Berlin!