Chairman of Organizing Committee, DMZ Docs & Governor of Gyeonggi Province

Nam Kyung-pil

Welcome to the 8th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, that creates the new meaning of peace, communication and life with the records of the time and space engraved in the DMZ.

This year the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival will be held at its largest scale ever, hosted by the Organizing Committee of DMZ Docs and presented by Gyeonggi Province, Goyang City, Paju City, the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, the Korean Film Council. A total of 116 films from 36 countries will be presented, which had selected among 1,290 films submitted from 105 countries.

This 8th edition presents a new concept for the documentary, by reinterpreting the DMZ not as an object of the division and hostility, but as a dynamic space of peace, communication and life.

It could be a previous chance to reflect the history of the division and to revive the meaning of the reunification through the diverse films devoted to the war, refugees, multicultural and so on.

Especially, the various programs connecting the education with the culture, that the DMZ Docs prepared this year, will lead to the expansion of the market for the documentary and encourage the active participation and interests of the youth. The Barrier Free Screening will be initiated for ‘the Film Festival all can enjoy together’.

The DMZ Docs will have the opportunity to approach one step closer to the people in the northern region of Gyeonggi Province, by preparing the theaters to be run during the festival in Gimpo City and Yeoncheon County this year, as well as the existing theaters in Goyang City and Paju City.

The most important thing for the DMZ Doc to hold position as one of the leading festivals in Asia is the active participation and interests of the people in Gyeonggi-do. We look forward to your attendance.

We hope you will discover the surprising value and a big impression at the 8th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in which the documentary and the audience become one.