6th DMZ Docs(2014)
I AM DOCU
It took very long time to meet them. From May 2012, I visited leprosy rehabilitation villages located in Pocheon, Uijeongbu, Namyangju and Yonchon. Whenever I politely bowed and tried to break the ice, they started refusing my camera and closed their mind so tight. I wandered around for 6 months just like that. My work, initiated in the spring, lost its way till late fall without finding a character. Sangrock village in Yangdong was my last hope. Seen from my failed experiences, I put my camera in my bag and carried meals for cows there and sometimes I played films for villagers as a companion. A year passed. I hesitated for a long time, but finally asked Lee Sang-bong, an elderly man in the village, about the shooting, and his answer went like this; “For us, it is better to be forgotten in ignorance. Young people have better understanding, I’ve heard, but old people are still biased against the disease. I understand you, but it may stir up a hornet’s nest.” I understood what he said, but they were born, have lived and are living. It made me question why should their meaning be distorted or hidden. I was somehow afraid. If I drag people hoping to be forgotten into the world, they should shine in my film. Can I make my film that well? After I went through tormenting time even more severe than I wandered around looking for the character for my film, I asked again. Lee answered. “Alright. Shoot. Times are already gone and I have nothing to lose more.”I filmed and edited hoping to show the elders’ lives as they exist. But now, releasing the film to the world, I am scared. Finding the elders quietly smiling after watching my film, there is nothing to hope in my life.
He’s working as one of director in Purn production since 2010. Gangjung interview project (2012) Farmer-being (2011)
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