6th DMZ Docs(2014)
I AM DOCU
Alex Kim is a third generation Goryeoin from Uzbekistan. He runs a restaurant with his wife Seubeta Huh in Ansan. He used to make a lot of money as an architect and restaurateur back home but lost everything when the Soviet Union dissolved and ended up moving around Central Asia and Russia. Alex’s wandering life is history repeating itself because his Goryeoinancestors living in Primorsky Krai were forcefully uprooted and relocated to start a new life in Central Asia during the Stalin era. Alex is struggling with his new life. Even though he thinks a family-oriented community is important, he is far from the life he led back in his hometown and to make matters worse his wife left him for another man. The documentary not only observes Alex’s current life but also portrays the lives of the people from Alex’s hometown. The food and customs still remain, but it’s difficult to identify the identity of the community dispersed everywhere in the world. The documentary simultaneously shows the people’s longing for their hometown and accepting the harsh reality but at the same time their strong will to survive with a positive attitude. Also, it shows the people who do not lose their dignity even in the midst of feeling loneliness. (KIM Young-jin)
Documentary Drifting City (2015)Documentary Heart of Snow, Heart of Blood (2014)Documentary Kim Alex’s Place: Ansan-Tashkent (2014)Feature Film Viewfinder (2010)New Woman: Her First Song (2005) Sound of Nomad: Koryo Arirang is the second of on the survivors and descendants of Stalin’s forced transfer of the Korean population of far eastern Russia into Central Asia. The Koryo people are victims of history, as they settle into lives and rebuild communities in central Asia, they reenter history as agents, as the generations preserve, adopt, adapt, and synthesize the culture, they become the historical memory and the historically described present. This documentary engages in a dialogue with the found footage which reanimates the sound and image of the nomadic past of Koryo people.
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