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7th DMZ Docs(2015)

I AM DOCU



The Letter

LEE Hyun-jung

  • Korea
  • 2014
  • 16min
  • DCP
  • color

Synopsis

The Letter could be viewed as a video act that demonstrates the powerful impact of tautology, the potential narrative of a text, and the performative reenactment of recitation. The fixed frame is split into two images, each focusing on the other’s perspective while the text is being read out loud. In time, the narrative is re-arranged through the act of translating the text, which seems to transition into the ways in which the unity of the narration and the narrators’ act of performing collapses. The original and translated languages overlap and cross each other. The film is then left with voices as the images slowly disappear. By having a third party read the letter written by a 19-year-old immigrant woman, the director seems to accept the voice as metonymy of the body. By producing the voice itself as a cinematic structure, the film illustrates the symptoms of violence taking place today. The Letter commemorates the death of an immigrant woman. (JEON Sung-kwon)

Review

Director

  • LEE Hyun-jung

    The Letter (2014) 

Credit

  • ProducerLEE Hyun-jung
  • Cinematography LEE Hyun-jung
  • Editor LEE Hyun-jung
  • Sound PYO Yong-soo