9th DMZ Docs(2017)
I AM DOCU
Annika Karlsson, Jessica Karlsson
There’s always been a strong horse culture in the suburb Ballymun and Lorna and her family are a part of it. It's Lorna's last summer break and she dreams about becoming a farrier. This is a poetic coming-of-age film, a story of survival, relationships, horses and dreams.
Two cultures were the symbols of Ballymun, Tower and Horse. However, there is no family breeding horses nowadays and the ‘Tower’ will be demolished soon. Lorna wearing a sweat suit, wandering around the village sitting on a horse without a saddle, never adapts to the neighborhood and it’s weirdly coupled with the scenes of home video showing kids on horses in greenish spaces in the grey apartment complex.
‘Tower’ was once an honor for Ballymun and at the same time it has the most brilliant and happiest memories for Lorna family. With mother who was not sick then and father who had a job, Lorna had so much memories there with their best friend horse ‘Bigfoot.’ Just like the Ballymun area that has to find a new identity caused by the demolition of ‘Tower,’ Lorna and Lorna’s family are about to prove themselves they are beings that can maintain their lives, concentrate on their own dreams, beyond the harsh reality. Therefore, the Lorna’s family is not in the state of unhappiness nor depression. The life never goes as we want to, but the family members band together by a medium of their dreams, and encourage themselves as well as each other. Dream, just like life, goes on like this. Lorna’s dream for a farrier is overlapped with the figure of ‘Tower’, standing dangerously half demolished, but at the same time, is overlapped with the unidentifiable shopping mall which will replace the place where the ‘Tower’ cleared. [Kim Min-ju]
Contribution & World Sales Annika Karlsson