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7th DMZ Docs(2015)

I AM DOCU



My Place

Choi Jong-ho

  • Korea
  • 2015
  • 68min
  • DCP
  • color

Synopsis

The opening scene of the My Place begins with a face of a young man. Looking up the camera with a bewildered look, his face seems unfamiliar and bizarre. This documentary records the case of several clubs at Ajou University notified to be evicted from the administrative office in the winter, 2013. Losing their spaces, those clubs debate for countermeasures but it is not smooth to collect opinions. Besides, the school decides to demolish a temporary building, previously a school cafeteria, for the reason that spoils the beauty of the campus. School’s domineering attitude intensifies studnets’ confusion and distrust. The director quitely collects many different students’ thoughts managing this eviction case with the view of observer. The technique to weave stories seems a bit rough but calmly and persistently goes after the case. Interesting thing is its introspective structure of this documentary. The director peacefully releases the emotions he felt while he covered the case with the first person narration. At the school without students’ positions, the director’s question ‘where is my place?’ rips up, in calm tones, university ills in which education and management are reversed. Around the end of the film, the audiences notice who the man is in the first scene and realize what situation he was in. Students’ journey for their place idly drifts with the confession “losing our place to stand on.” Then who is the master left in school? The man’s gloomy face gives us lingering imagery and chill. (KO Seok-hee)

Review

Director

  • Choi Jong-ho

    My Place (2015) When public went out to street to be an candlelight, there were more demands than only one that resignation of one-year left president. While candles were burning for six months, it destroyed and won over President Park. They are on the path to create the new democracy with a memory of precious victory in their respective places. By recoding new history which is made by citizens own power, and looking deeply each one of candle’s heart, we prepared three films within hope to spread more candles into daily life in order to open more democratic squares.​ 

Credit

  • Editor CHOI Jong-ho