8th DMZ Docs(2016)
I AM DOCU
Still and All is a story about the souls living beneath the Yeongdo Bridge in Busan. Yeongdo and its bridge offer a historical space with lingering traces from the Japanese colonial era to the Korean War. The people under Yeongdo Bridge, reconstructed in 2013 after 47 years, are driven to move when the vicinity around it is designated a Special Tourist Zone. The film superimposes their stories against the spatial history.
Yeongdo Bridge in Busan, it was the place where war refugees made promises for their reunion, where fortune tellers gathered to tell them whereabouts of dislocated family members. Now there are people who still lead their lives there in silence: elderly female fortune teller grannies who spent 40 or 50 years of their lives under the bridge, a puppy granny who takes care of a dog as old as she is and her daughter, a hearing-impaired female diver granny who still does diving job, a part-time welder who started his career at the age of 19, etc. Now they are requested for new lives in the middle of changes happening in Yeongdo.
The reopening of Yeongdo Bridge after 47 years of closing tries to drive out memories and spaces of people who stayed there carrying the past and present history of the place. The director captures lives of 5 people dynamically. Memory, amusement, will or regret over dream and life are reflected in the film, and the record of lost things is extended as such.
The laughter of people who filled the fortune teller alley, the lingering sound of saxophone which was played when the last ship was sent out from the shipyard, and the bustling sound of people walking over the bridge are all disappearing one by one over the swelling sea. Nevertheless the lives of people who lived there still go on. [Lee Hyeon-hui]
Still and All (2015)The Hunt (2013)My Family Portrait (Redux) (2013) A Fishbone in the Throat (2009)Taebaek, Land of Embers (2008)
Contribution / World Sales Kim Young-jo