10th DMZ Docs Overview

  • Official Title
    10th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival
  • Characteristics
    Non-competitive international film festival with competitive section
  • Theme
    Peace, Life, Communication
  • Slogan
    I AM DOCU
  • Festival Dates
    2018. 09. 13(Thu) – 20(Thu)
  • Scale
    39 countries, 142 films
  • Festival Venues
    Opening Ceremony – September 13(Thu), 2018, 19:00
    Paju Lotte Premium Outlet Paju Branch B Block Outdoor Parking Lot Specially prepared stageClosing Ceremony – September 20(Thu), 2018, 19:00 Goyang Megabox Baekseok Comport 4
    Theaters – Goyang Megabox Baekseok 4 cinemas, Megabox Ilsan Bellacitta 2 Cinemas, Lotte Cinema Paju Outlet Branch 3 cinemas, Gimpo Art Hall, Yeoncheon Sureul Art Hall.
    Additional events – Goyang Terminal, the whole area of Ilsan Bellacitta, Lotte Premium Outlet Paju Branch
  • Sponsored
    Gyeonggido, Goyang, Paju, The Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism, The Korean Film Commission
  • Hosting
    Festival Organizing Committee
  • Subject
    Festival Executive Committee
  • Special sponsorship
    KEB Hana Bank

Issues of the 10th DMZ Docs

The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival which has marked the 10th anniversary this year will invite moviegoers to rich films of total 142 movies from 39 countries which increased by 30 when compared to the previous year, additional events, and special events to celebrate the 10th anniversary.
The 2018 DMZ International Documentary Film Festival are largely characterized by documentary masters’ visits, programs which put major domestic and overseas works , plans for seeking the diversification of documentary audiences, efforts for establishing global documentary network, and special project programs for the 10th anniversary.

The 10 years of the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, meet domestic and overseas works which got richer.

Documentary masters’ visits and major new works

One of the characteristics of the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival is world-class documentary masters’ visits. The 10th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival will prepare the places that you will meet Fernando E. Solanas, the Argentinean director who produced <The Hour of the Furnaces> which provided a ideological foundation for film movement history of the third world as a monumental work of ar in history of world film, Avi Mograbi, the Israeli director who is opposed to Zionism and has brought up problems of territorial disputes between Israel and Palestine through movies and installation works with unique paradoxical sense of humor, and Ruth Beckermann, the American famous director who won a price in the documentary sector in the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival as well as held retrospective exhibitions in various countries of the world with her new piece of work, <The Waldheim Waltz> even though she is a strange face in Korea in person.

Meanwhile, Claude Lanzmann, the master of world documentary film history, planned to visit the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival this year saying that it would be his last trip to far countries, but unfortunately, he went on a journey to a farther country in early July. His posthumous work, <The Four Sisters> will meet you with <Napalm> produced by him when he visited North Korea for the second time. New pieces of work produced by major overseas directors including <Pope Francis – A Man of His Word> by Director Wim Wenders, < Young Solitude > by Claire Simon who won the best documentary classic director award in the Venice International Film Festival in 2016 with < The Graduation >, < Human Flow > by Ai Weiwei, the global Chinese Artist who handled problems of refugees which has come to the fore as a major social problem in Korea, etc. will be introduced in the 10th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival.

And starting with < In the Mighty Jungle > by Caroline Capelle and Ombline Ley which received most attention in the documentary sector crossing the ambiguous boundaries between fiction and documentary in the Cannes Film Festival this year, prize-winning works in overseas film festivals which received attention from the world and new anticipated films by new documentary directors including < The Call > which won the awards in the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, < The Man behind the Wall> in the Berlin International Film Festival, < Beautiful Things > in the Venice International Film Festival and the Sheffield Film Festival, < The Silence of Others > in the Berlin International Film Festival and the Sheffield Film Festival, etc. will be introduced through the international competition, Asian competition, and global vision.


The festival embraces Korean documentaries of one year.

For the Korean films, works with new trends of Korean documentaries of one year will be introduced through the Korean competition and the Korean documentary showcase. The Korean films introduced in this year are characterized by a lot of excellent works which embodied subjects in their own creative way. The Korean works including < Nightglow > by Director Lim, Cheolmin, the experimental work which handles sexual minorities’ desire and their memories of alienated in his own creative way, <Under Construction > by Jang, Yunmi which follows her father’s daily labor and life as a construction worker during life and furthermore, expresses serene hommage about labor itself, < Log-in > by Director Bok, Jino which was brought up for discussion on Sewol Ferry’s another naked face through the divers who are product supporters of the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival and were sent to the rescue operations, etc. will be expected to fascinate audiences with introspective eyes of different colors about different subjects.

Meanwhile, the festival tried to seek ways to expand Korean documentaries’ horizons to be able to meet audiences in the world in the future by inviting Stefano Knuchel, the director of the Locarno Film makers Academy of the Swiss Locarno International Film Festival, one of the world’s six film festivals, and Hatta Ayumi who is responsible for programs of the YAMAGATA International Documentary Film Festival to the panel of judges in the Korean competition sector.

Production support of the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival got a lot of results this year. In case of domestic films, <The Rust> by Shin Na-ri which seems like a piece of desperate Salpuri Gut (Exorcism) to soothe people who were drafted into Japanese mines by force during the Japanese occupation will meet audiences in the international competition, < Punch Ball > by Kim, Yeongjo which describes the tragedy of the victims of mines carried away by the floods in the DMZ vision, < Dying Memories > by Park Sohyeon which visualizes memories about space to disappear soon due to demolition in the Korean competition, and < The Moon and the Anchor > by Bang A-ran which showed how two old unconverted long-term political prisoners communicate with the present generation warmly and < For Dear Lfie > by Kim, Seolhae, Jeong, Jongmin, Jo Youngeun which emphasizes the power of cameras being with laborers of Yoosung Enterprise Co., Ltd. for a long time in the Korean Documentary Showcase. You can meet the first result that Seoul Business newly established in this year supported the post-production work through the agreement.

In addition, < Elephant Boy > produced by Director Jin, Mo-young who directed < My Love, Don’t Cross That River >(2014) by completing the project that Late Park, Hwan-seong did not during his lifetime will be introduced in this year to mark the first-year anniversary of his death after ‘the special film screening to honor the memory of the Late Park, Hwan-seong’. Late Park, Hwan-seong who brought up problems in the interface between animals and men through a genre called natural documentaries and demonstrated men again through this asks you about the nature and men through a handler of elephants a dad, his son who is an adolescent and elephants even in his posthumous work.


The opening film, Elevating the voice of solidarity

< Coming to You, Minu > the new work by Jee, Hyewon will be shown as the opening film of the 10th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in a specially prepared stage, the outdoor parking lot, B Block, Lotte Premium Outlet Paju Branch that audiences’ accessibility is easy and which is over twice as large as Camp Greaves that held it up to last year.

This work filmed Minu, the Nepalese immigrant worker who is the leader of ‘Stopcrackdown’, the immigrant worker band which fought for protecting the rights and interests of immigrant workers and banded together with Korean citizens’ campaign, and former representative of Migrant World TV (MWTV) living in Korea for 18 years. As he spent his life in his 20s and 30s in Korea, he was exiled from Korea being caught in crackdown on ‘nonregistered’ stay in 2009. Now, the movie tries to return the voice of minorities who got lost in Korean Society to them being angry at the reality of immigrant workers who are treated and abandoned like disposable products through Minu who thinks that the table without Kimchi is strange.

The 10th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival tries to express concern of the 10th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival about problems of immigrant workers who are discriminated and furthermore, hating refugees which rapidly became the conversation topic of Korean society in 2018 and elevate the voice of solidarity about minorities who are discriminated by selecting < Coming to You, Minu > as the work that post-production work was supported and opening film.


The festival meets the documentary world which dreams of the conversion of the age of the division and dispute to the era of peace and coexistence.

Documentaries related to South and North Korea introduced in the DMZ Vision and international competition in this year include a lot of works which tell about the intense longing for meeting North Koreans even though it seems a little early to film the mood of reconciliation between South and North Korea which has rapidly arranged since last April. Where is the way these questions of “Why cannot we meet North Koreans?” and “Why do we treat the North Koreans who are substantial like ghosts who do not exist?” from < Finding ghosts > by Kwon, Eunbi go to the non-subversive and undaring world? The beginning can be found in <4.25 Football Team> by Seo, Min-won which tells about the South and North Youth Soccer Clubs’ meeting with each other and their friendship sprouting out. Meanwhile, for overseas films, < The Canadian Delegation >by Director Greg Elmer which tells about a story of Canadian young persons who participated in Pyeongyang Festival is more interesting as it pointed the camera at how those experiences influenced them and they lead lives now, not the foreign directors’ testimonies about unknown North Korea that you have often met in the meantime. Their memories of meeting unordinary North Koreans have fully been graved in Claude Lanzmann’s life. The master of documentaries who are more than 90 years old again finds traces of the woman whom he had met in his youth in late 50’s and kept an injury by a napalm bomb in mind in North Korea of 2015 in < Napalm >. You can meet the people that injuries of division are carved on their bodies through < Punch Ball > by Kim, Yeongjo. As mines laid in places were carried away, they are left on civilians’ bodies as their indelible scars of the past stealing part of their life.

Meanwhile, the Contact Zone Symposium of the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival was newly established in this year through the lightning business agreement with Chungang University Hankuk University of Foreign Studies HK⁺ Reconciliation and Coexistence in Contact Zones launched in the sense that DMZ is not the boundary which means the symbol of division and dispute and severance and we hope that it will be the contact zone of peace and coexistence. The Contact Zone Symposium will be arranged with the title of ‘Following Möbius strip’ in the sense that its boundary of inside and outside is not distinct and they are connected to each other. If we follow this Möbius strip, the moment we freely meet those people who have been considered as living in a different wold from ours will arrive, won’t we?


Programs for diversifying documentary audience spectrums

Another characteristic of the 10th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival is to reject documentaries being just faithful to unilaterally standardized narrative strategies which can thoughtlessly be arranged under the banner of expanding documentary audiences and seek the ‘true population’ of them. It tries to expand types of audience by providing more various and richer programs for people by classifying them into types of target audience through professional planning according to this so that various types of audience which cannot easily be schematized with an ambiguous word, the public, and the festival can faithfully accept and absorb different needs.


Group viewing programs for fostering types of future documentary audience

Docs for EDU, the group viewing program arranged by connecting it to educational institutions in Goyang, Paju, and furthermore Seoul was prepared with movie showings with various issues so that teenagers can easily approach a documentary genre which is difficult to meet often and be fostered to be types of future documentary audience by experiencing a documentary group viewing. In this program, teenagers can listen to and communicate with professional lecturers after watching short documentary films. And movie showings to be able to consider a documentary genre itself and learn its unique aesthetics were prepared with the films which handle issues of human rights, career, and families in an aspect of contents.


Documentaries that the whole family watch together

The documentary family section was expanded so that men and women of all ages can watch documentaries together. < To Be a Teacher > by Jacob Schmidt which tells about German pre-service teachers’ noisy practice hours to be regular teachers, < Animals and Other People > by Flavio Marchetti which makes you think of heavy responsibilities about companion animals and animal rights in a careful manner through an Austrian animal shelter, and < One Day in Aleppo > by Ali Alibrahim which described the Syrian civil war and problems of refugees intensively through a short film will meet audiences in this section.

– DMZ Open Cinema (Bellacitta), the outdoor screen program
The DMZ Open Cinema program newly established in this year will be arranged in Outdoor Lawn Plaza, Bellacitta, Ilsan. Total six documentaries including < Kedi > by Ceyda Torun which filmed men’s communion with animals warmly, < Try to Remember > by Kim, Daehyeon which handled a recollective story of The Kim Sisters, < Take Me Home >, the new music documentary film that Director Lee, Cheolha again worked with Richard Yongjae O’Neill, etc. were prepared so that families can watch them together on the lawn in the autumn night for 6 days.

– VR Documentary experience
The DMZ VR Documentary experience center is installed on the DMZ Documentary Plaza to make audiences experience more various documentaries. The audiences have an opportunities to experience virtual reality created by VR Documentary by wearing Head mounted displays for VR. < Monuments of Legend: The Chauvet Cave >, < Monuments of Legend: The Palace of Fontainebleau >, and < Monuments of Legend: Charlemagne Cathedral > including Chauvet Cave participated by Clément Cogitore who won the Golden Camera award in the Cannes Film Festival and the VR documentaries about art such as a collection of Chateau de Fontainebleau will be expected to provide unique experiences to feel the moment that modern art exquisitely meets the art of the past by combining them with each other in your whole body.

– Operation of Documentary Docents
Documentary docents were selected through the documentary curriculum for ordinary persons based on the idea of docents who explain works of art to visitors to museums or art museums to hep them understand them. Documentary Docents will audiences who are not used to a documentary genre to understand and meet documentaries more easily by introducing and recommending movie showings to them.


Top 10 documentaries of my life chosen by people from various circles

Escaping from the existing film festival programs which consist of movies selected by film experts including programers, critics, and scholars, movies which reflected professionalism and taste of 10 figures who represent all walks of life will be shown to the public as one of the special events to celebrate the 10th anniversary. Top 10 documentaries of my life participated in professionals in various fields including music, art, architecture, dance, etc. is the program for attracting various types of audience by inviting the figures who secured public awareness as he unexampled opportunity to experience documentaries’ unique expandability and depth as well as the fun of movies.


Programs which strengthens professionalism

– Special Projects

Special projects were prepared targeting cinephiles, critics, researchers, and documentary directors by planning programs which set a subject related to aesthetics and philosophy of documentary films which are different from play films and their trends and theories of the same age and throw in-depth questions.

Special project 1: Other Person of Hostility in front of Cameras, Off Screen Space of Memory tries to prepare a place for discussing issues of writing history of documentaries and ethics. Special project 2: Where will documentaries’ various forms of experimentation expand? tries to prepare a place for discussing expandability of the aesthetic part in documentaries.

Special project 1: Other Person of Hostility in front of Cameras, Off Screen Space of Memory

When movie screens are divided into on screen and off screen space, documentary directors have hesitated to attract attackers of history such as decimators on screen space in person for a long time. Therefore, they stayed in off screen space of the movies that audiences create in their mind’s eye through testimonies of survivors in on screen space. Since Claude Lanzmann announced < Shoah > which called Nazis to his camera in 1985, the attackers came into movies as participants and sometimes witnesses. So the new flow of modern documentary films which create historical memories of larger categories even though they never be complete has made a meteoric rise. However, this documentary work caused a collision between the documentary director’s ethics and the citizen’s from the beginning. And the audiences who cannot help watching persons in the screen by themselves with them sometimes continue to be exposed to danger of being persuaded, assimilated, or deceived. How do documentary directors receive these other persons of hostility in front of their camera? We try to prepare a place for considering these difficult and inevitable questions through seven films including < Pinochet and His Three Generals >, < The Unforgiven >, < La flaca Alejandra >, < Our Nazi >, etc.

Special project 2: Where will documentaries’ various forms of experimentation expand?

Documentaries have continued to perform various forms of experimentation. We try to examine the films by Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab such as < Mr. Yellow Sweatshirt > completed by a short film, < Ah, Humanity! > which drives sensory experiences to extremes, Docuanimation that people became very familiar now, and the documentaries which have dynamically responded to the possibility of the new forms and technologies of expression ranging from works with CCTVs to VR documentaries. And as ‘exhibition’ of documentaries in art museums as a work has become routine, documentaries which went into art museums will be shown in the screens by comparing and showing < Cyclical Night > produced to be shown by one screen of Director Baik, Jongkwan with < Anticipation of the Night >, the same movie produced to be shown in two screens, one of the methods often used in art museums.


New symposium : The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival as the place for interdisciplinary research and theorization

The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival entered into an agreement with Chungang University Hankuk University of Foreign Studies HK⁺ Reconciliation and Coexistence in Contact Zones as the special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary. And it will held a symposium for sharing the formation of a new culture network of researchers in humanity fields and movie researchers and their collaborative research topic with the public on September 17 and 18. It will try the form of a talk show which strengthens professionalism but induces audiences to participate in it to bridge the gap between experts and the general public, not the form of general conferences. The symposium will be arranged by dividing it into four sections of ‘DMZ photos and report of troubled regions’, ‘Contact zones described by military camp town documentaries’, ‘Contact zones of journalism and documentaries’, and ‘Post contact art’.


The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival creating a documentary network in the world

As the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival was officially listed in the 91st Academy Awards as the festival which is subject to judgement in the documentary sector of the international film festival, the grand prize in the international competition sector, the special jury award, and the prize-wining work in the Asian competition sector acquired qualification to be automatically submitted to the documentary sector of the Academy Awards.

While the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival which has marked the 10th anniversary enhances global positioning, two films recommended by Cinema for Peace Foundation located in Berlin, Germany which handles problems of human rights and environment through movies and it will be cross shown in Korea and Germany through cooperation this year. Accordingly, < The Arrow of Time > by Leila Conners recommended by Cinema for Peace Foundation and < Human Flow >, the new film that Ai weiwei co-produced with the foundation will be shown.

And the Asia Youth Documentary Co-production Project which began under the banner that the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival becomes the cradle of Asia Youth Documentary production since 2015 finally bore the second result. 5 omnibus documentaries produced by 5 universities from 4 countries including Korea National University of Arts(K’Arts) and Yong In University in Korea, Japan Institute of the Moving Image in Japan, Tainan National Arts University in Taiwan, and Yunnan Arts University in China through the joint workshop for 2 years will be shown in the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival.