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.

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Festival Director

Cho Jae-hyun

The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival will celebrate its eighth year. It could have grown with gaining internal stability and good results thanks to the interest and support of the documentary filmmakers and the audience for the last 8 years. This year we have taken new actions to make changes in parts of festival programs, projects for education, communication with the audience and so on.

The 8th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival presents a new slogan, ‘The Window looking at the World’. We prepared it in the hope of sharing new perspectives on the world and true deep impressions with the audience, through the documentary, window reflecting eyes of meditation on the world.

Developing the special program that had shown the films with the tragedy of the division focusing on 70 years of the national division last year, we created a new section ‘DMZ Vision’ this year, in which we will continue to present the films with the reality of division and the prospects of reunification each year.

Trying always to popularize documentary, the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival arranged a variety of instructive education programs for the young people again this year. The section ‘Docs Family’ prepares to show the short documentary films that the whole family could enjoy together, and it will enable the audience to get more familiar with the documentary.

The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival has supported the Asian documentary filmmakers in production of films with various programs from the year 2013, and our support programs are finally achieving valuable results. We are able to present the films that were completed with the support in ‘the Global Vision section’ and ‘the Asian Competition section’ this year. It must be said that it is the result of the production support of the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival which is trying to lay the groundwork for the documentary filmmaking in Asia.

In addition to these changes in the Festival programs, we added other venues for showing the festival films in Gimpo City and Yeoncheon County to the existing venues in Goyang City and Paju City where the Festival has been held. And we also launched the Barrier Free Service to provide the subtitle and the descriptive narration, in order that not only the visual and hearing disabled but also the foreigners and the infant could watch films. More audience can enjoy the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival nearby more easily than before.

I appreciate the effort of all the staff who prepared the 8th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, and I’d like to thank the officials in Gyeonggi Province, Goyang City and Paju City and other people who helped hold a successful festival. I hope you all enjoy the attraction of the documentary to the fullest for a week!

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