14th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival – Korean Competition 2022

We present the Korean Competition of the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, which will take place from September 22 – 29, 2022 in Paju and Goyang, South Korea.

– Films –

A Mother Youngsoon by Lee Changjun – South Korea | 2022

Youngsoon defected from North Korea in 2007. Her husband killed himself and her eldest son is in North Korea. She does her best for her little son who came with her. But he thinks that his mother only loved his big brother in the North and resents her for having brought him to South Korea only to be stigamatised as North Korean defector. Youngsoon, who was born as the daughter of a South Korean prisoner of war detained in North Korea, was always poor and her only hope was her eldest son with exceptional talents. To her, her little son is more work than hope.​ (DMZ Docs 2022)

Her 5th Room by Chun Chanyoung – South Korea | 2022

A mother, Hyo-jeong moved three times while living with her mother-in-law. She was a full-time housewife for 20 years but now becomes the breadwinner as a counselor. But dad still wants her to play the role of submissive wife. Mom wants her independence in her safe space. They have their own room for each but the father’s intrusion continues. Mom keeps changing her room and dad keeps disturbing her space. Will her mom really get to have her own space, the fifth room?​ (DMZ Docs 2022)

Home Ground by Kwon Aram – South Korea | 2022

‘Chanel’ in Myeong-dong in the 1970s was the secret hideout for Butches and Femmes. In 1996, young lesbians opened Korea’s first lesbian bar, Lesbos. In the early 2000s, queer teens looking for a community gathered in a small park in Sinchon. Myung-woo, who ran ‘Lesbos’ nearby, was still guarding the place 20 years later. As the coronavirus crisis hit, the bar has lost its customers. Will she able to protect the place this time?​ (DMZ Docs 2022)

Home with the Exit by Jang Juyeong – South Korea | 2022

The film is about two people with developmental disabilities who are living in Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu after ‘de-institutionalizing’ from a residential facility for the disabled where they had stayed for long in 2020. There were frequent incidents and accidents in their independence process although it can be summarized in one sentence. The film attempts to illuminate the value of humane life by allowing their present where they live independently in the community and the past where they lived in the controlled environment of a facility to face. ​(DMZ Docs 2022)

The Body of the Sea by Park Koonje – South Korea | 2022

In a small port, there is a yard where cats cats stay comfortably. There, two people try to dismantle a ship alone. With sparks and smoke, they cut off the ship, and the cats sit next to them and wait for food. Humans and small lives live together like that.​ (DMZ Docs 2022)

The Bone by Seen Nari – South Korea | 2022

This story is about two people who have been struggling for more than 40 years to remember Koreans forced into labor in the northern Akita region. Ha Jung-woong, a Korean-Japanese who succeeded as a businessman thanks to his outstanding abilities and the economic growth of Japan after the war, and Juroku Chatani, a Japanese historian who has built a culture village in the Akita region of northern Japan. Their efforts to unravel the mystery of the statue of Hime Kannon built on Lake Tazawa and to commemorate the Korean victims of forced labor are still ongoing. (DMZ Docs 2022)

Time of Seeds by Seol Suan – South Korea | 2022

Two farmers, Yoon Gyun-sang and Jang Gwi-deok, have been receiving and planting their own seeds for decades. Farming changed their body and they have continued to work for several decades with the changed body as a matter of course. With the changes in their surroundings, however, their labor became special. There are people who are looking for the seeds that their special labor have been keeping. They may bring back to us the time that we took for granted, the precious time of seeds that constantly changes but lasts.​ (DMZ Docs 2022)

Until the Stones Speak by Kim Kyungman – South Korea | 2022

There are five grandmothers, four of whom went to Jeonju Prison due to the Jeju 4.3. All of them were young people around the age of 20 at the time of the incident in 1948. The outline of the incident is formed when hearing the experiences of those who were sent to prison without trial particularly as women. The audience feels indescribable emotions by the fact that they have lived on despite what they had gone through, things that are just too much for a human being to bear. (DMZ Docs 2022)

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