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9th DMZ Docs(2017)

I AM DOCU



Disappeared Women

Yourang(Ok Eui-jin), Sawol(Song Jun-ha)

  • Korea
  • 2016
  • 11min
  • DCP
  • color

Synopsis

“I” read a biography of Independence activist, Kim Won-bong and travel to his hometown, Miryang. During the trip, “I” come to have curiosity about his wife Park Cha-jeong. Park Cha-jeong was born to the family of activists and committed her life to Korean independence movement. She was shot and wounded in a war in 1939 and passed away after being ill in bed for five years. “I” visit Busan where Park has grown up in order to find why “I” didn’t know about her so far and how her life was like.

Review

The film starts from one question. Why do we perceive independence movements as exclusive property of men? How come our answer to the question “Do you know any women independence activist?” is always confined to “Yoo Gwan-sun?” The two directors, Yoo-rang and Sa-waol, take off for an odyssey to find the answer to the question by finding the trace of the woman independence activist, 'Park Cha-jung.' However, the answer is not easy to find. The directors do not acquire satisfactory enlightenments from the elders they traveled a long way to meet. Will their journey end in vain? Just when this doubt comes into mind, a fracture appears in the ending of this film, which was devoting itself to recording the words of the elder. The directors insert their voice after the moment one of the elders say “Women also participated in the independence movement in concealment.” “In concealment? The Park Cha-jung that I knew was not someone who would hide while raising her voice.” The voice continues by saying “People most often consider women as someone’s wife, or assistants of men. How many more Park Cha-jungs would there have been? And, will I be remembered?” Though Yoo-rang and Sa-wol could not earn the answer they yearned for, they succeed in developing their question in a sound way. This itself makes their odyssey worthwhile. [Han Dong-hyeok]

Director

  • Yourang(Ok Eui-jin)

    Disappeared women (2016) 

  • Sawol(Song Jun-ha)

    Disappeared women (2016) 

Credit

  • Cinematography Yourang, Sawol
  • Editor Yourang, Sawol
  • Music Yourang, Sawol

Contribution & World Sales

Contribution & World Sales  Park So-hyun

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