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9th DMZ Docs(2017)

I AM DOCU



The Shadow of Sundarbans

PARK Hwansung

  • Korea
  • 2012
  • 72min
  • DCP
  • color

Synopsis

‘Sundarbans’ located along the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh is a wildlife reservation one restricting any human entrance. However, locals risk their lives and enter the forest of death in order to make a living. Beast and humans are on the brink of clashing when locals venture out deep into the woods to the tiger’s natural habitat while the tigers roam into the village. The quest for survival between humans and the tigers turns into a tragic encounter. What will happen in the end?

Review

The vast coastland Sundarbans located near the border of India and Bangladesh is a delta that boasts impressive width that can be compared to the likes of the Nile and the Amazon River. Carrying the meaning of ‘beautiful forest,’ Sundarbans is the world’s largest marine reservation where various sea and fresh-water species, tigers, alligators and sharks co-exist. Then from one point on, the Bengal tiger began attacking and devouring humans. These tigers who used to avoid confrontation with humans and were worshipped have long become the subject of fear. Sundarbans as one of the most underdeveloped areas in India, villagers chose to enter the jungle in order to survive the harsh environment surrounding them. They trained otters to catch fish, and as these wild animals became domesticated, they lost their ability to live in the wild. Hunger was barely satisfied by risking their lives raiding bee nests or catching whatever fish they could. However the more serious problem

following the destruction of the jungle by humans was the vicious cycle of tigers venturing into the villages and the villagers having no other choice but to kill the tigers. The tigers and humans become both the victimizer and

the victim. <The Shadow of Sundarbans> is an informative documentary which presents the realistic images of conflict between humans and wildlife occupying Sundarbans, a UNESCO world heritage site while bringing more

depth through detailed explanation. The cameraman’s boldness is conveyed through the up- close-and-personal coverage of images ranging from a mangled man’s face and body after being attacked by a tiger, a fisherman’s

distressful regrets over losing his otter, hunters gathering honey without any protective gear to various wildlife such as cobras, tigers and alligators. The story of the otter family brings a moving smile to the face. And through

this all, it seems obvious in the end that there definitely needs to be an institutional device to resolve this endless conflict between wildlife and humans. [Jeong Min-ah / Via: 4th DMZ Docs]​

Director

  • PARK Hwansung

    Park Hwan-sung majored in biology and video production. He has focused on making environmental documentaries for more than 10 years. His works have been aired on KBS, EBS, etc. His major works include Black Kite (2004), A Baby Lemur of Madagascar (2007) and Sad Pierrot (2010). Park also made Malawi, The War for Water which won the best picture in the independent production category of the 22nd Korea PD Award. The Shadow of Sundarbans (2012) Wanderers of Kalahari, Meercat and Bushmen (2010) Malawi, War for Water (2009) The Pilgrim of Tundra, Caribou (2008) Lemurs of Madagascar (2007)Black Kite (2004)​​In the Name of the Father (2016)The Secret of Survival (2015)A Secret Desire, Lion Hunt (2013)​ 

Credit

  • Screenwriter Park Hwan-sung, Park So-hee
  • Cinematography Park Hwan-sung
  • Editor Park Hwan-sung

Production Company

Production Company  Blue Rhino Pictures