8th DMZ Docs(2016)
I AM DOCU
영화는 일본에서 나고 자란 조선학교 학생들이 북한을 방문하는 여정을 함께 한다. 2주일 간 북한에 체류하면서 아이들은 ‘조국’에서 만난 사람들과 얘기도 나누고 함께 노래도 부른다. 분단의 상징인 판문점에서 고향땅인 남쪽(한국)을 바라보며 아직도 전쟁중이라는 비극을 실감하기도 한다. 이국에서 태어난 아이들에게 있어서 조국이란 무엇인가?
Japan, close from Korea but still far, has an extraordinary ‘school’ that other countries don’t have. It is ‘Chōsen Gakkō’ which has more than 60 schools including kindergarten, elementary, milldle and high school, even university for last 70 years despite of discriminations without any kind of recognition from Japanese authorities. What is sad and also embarrassing truth is that we recognized the existence of these educational organizations only 10 years ago. For that 10 years, there have been three documentaries about Chōsen Gakkō including Our School, One for All, All for One, and A Crybaby Boxing Club. But those three films never portray the essence of Chōsen Gakkō, which is ‘visiting homeland (as a school trip in last year of high school)’. They all seemed to be containing fragmentary scenes filmed by a ‘camera’ during their travel to their homeland, North Korea because those three are all directed by South Korean directors. The Sky-Blue Symphony - The Story of the Korean Schools in Japan- presents same contents but overcoming the limitation. The director holds a camera besides students in order to film their very first ‘visiting homeland’ in details as a core element, for sure. This direction can’t be done if the director is not a Korean resident living in Japan as well as a graduate of the school himself and a school parent, too. At last, this ‘special perspective’ makes The Sky-Blue Symphony - The Story of the Korean Schools in Japan- most special. [Kim Myeong-jun]
Clothe (2010)Never gave up future (2010) The Korean Schools in Japan, where Koreans born and raised in Japan attend, have long history of the discrimination and persecution. They’ve been exposed to violence because of the ‘reason’ that they have ‘relationship with North Korea’. However, nobody has been dealt with the ‘relationship’ in detail. Though their roots are in South Korea, why do they call North Korea their ‘homeland’? Why do they look full of hope and tell their dreams with confidence in spite of many hardships? I made this film to seek the answer.