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8th DMZ Docs(2016)

I AM DOCU



Yellow Wind

Cho Hyun-jun

  • Korea
  • 2016
  • 72min
  • DCP
  • color

World Premiere

Synopsis

<황색바람>은 탈북정착지원 사무소 하나원부터 함경북도 출신 20-30대 탈북자들의 교회생활과 대학생활, TV출연과 해외인턴쉽까지 새로운 환경에 적응하기 위한 탈북자들의 모습을 관찰한다. 또한 북한 인권을 위해 싸우며 남한의 자본주의에 익숙해지고 있는 탈북자들과 자본주의 삶의 어두운 단면을 얘기하는 탈북자들의 이야기에 귀를 기울인다. 이들과의 만남은 북한과 탈북자에 대하여 좀 더 넓은 시각을 가지고, 우리가 살고 있는 사회를 돌아보는 계기가 된다.

Review

Yellow Wind is the fifth documentary of Cho Hyun-jun who has dealt with sensitive issues about marginalized people, mostly about human rights. The film is a sequel to his previous work Bira portraying of ordinary days within hostile relationship between North and South Korea. ‘Yellow Wind’ is a North Korean term criticizing capitalistic culture and life style. There are five people, Joo Eun-ju, Noh Ho-ryung, Ji Sung-ho, Ji Chul-ho, and Yoo Eun-ju, so-called North Korean defectors, all live differently in the yellow wind. How does it feel to live in ‘the Republic of Korea’ in the era of multiculturalism from one of the most closed countries, ‘the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’. The director shows similar but different landscapes of Seoul and Pyongyang one by one while effectively shows the dizziness they might feel. Taking down a tent of closed country is largely credited to residents escaping from North Korea after 1994 when North Korea went through the most serious economic crisis. However, what we can see is fragments with unclear joints. The film brings various voices connected to protagonists including professors, nearby residents, North Korean human rights activists, native English lecturers in order to say that there are actual ‘people’ living in North Korea as well as South Korea which exposes unfamiliar but also familiar irony. This is the bare truth we hardly see in exisitng media. The film seems to ask the audinece to reflect their life and position in the Korean Peninsula where extreme ideological, institutional and cultural borders drawn. [An Ji-young]

Director

  • Cho Hyun-jun

    Bira (2015)Transiam (2011)Alive in Havana (2010)Million Dollar House (2005) The goal in producing Yellow Wind was creating a documentary that compels the audience to consider S. Korea's current trends and societal norms by comparison with N. Korea's construction as well as providing viewers a very wide and variable perspective to view modern N. Korean refugees and their impact on their host states.​ 

Credit

  • ProducerCho Hyun-jun, Carlos Unite
  • Cast Noh Ho-ryung, Joo Eun-ju, Yoo Eun-ju, Ji Sung-ho, Ji Chul-ho, Park Yoon-suk, Park Sun-young
  • Cinematography Cho Hyun-jun
  • Editor Cho Hyun-jun
  • Music Andrew Keller, Park Hyun-sun
  • Sound Cho Hyun-jun

Contribution / World Sales

Contribution / World Sales  Cho Hyun-jun

E-mail  hjcho@kmu.ac.kr​