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1th DMZ Docs(2009)

I AM DOCU



The Border City 2

HONG Hyung-sook

  • Korea
  • 2009
  • 104min
  • DigiBeta
  • color

Synopsis

In 2003, Song Du-yul, a philosophy professor, decided to go back to his homeland after spending thirty-seven years in Germany. Within a week after crossing the border, his reputation fell from a respected global political figure to an infamous communist spy. During a five-year-long trial, he was arrested and held in custody. This throws Korean society into turmoil and brings a big conflict between the Conservative and the Progressive. Professor Song was arrested, but released after court trials. Five years have passed since this unpredictable political, legal pandemonium. In 2003, Prof. Song was a spy, but in 2009, he is not. What was he guilty of back then? Director - seeks an answer to this question throughout the film. Director Hong Hyungsook say “The progressive without rigorous self-reflection are not progressive. A step forward into the future starts with stopping boldly and confronting the inner-self that stands on the past. What are the things that the Korean society needs to talk about the future, to dream of the future? The Border City 2 arose from this question. Like a compass that points the right direction after much spinning, I earnestly want the Korean society to go through the painstaking phase of introspection. A whole new way of thinking, new era, and new direction is only possible with rigorous self reflection.”

Review

Director

  • HONG Hyung-sook

    Born in 1962. Graduated from audio visual education department at Ewha Womans University. She is one of the representative Korean independent documentary filmmakers. She has been a member of Seoul Visual Collective since 1987, and directed , was invited to numerous film festivals and was awarded the Audience Award at DMZ Docs – 2009 and the Independent Film of the Year’ Award by the Association of Korean Independent Film and Video. The Border City 2 (2010) The Border City (2002) Reclaiming Our Names (1998) On-Line: An Inside View Of Korean Independent Film (1997)Doomealee: A New School Is Opening (1995) 

Credit

  • ProducerKang Seok-pil, Kim Myung-hwa
  • Cinematography Ryu Jae-hoon, Rim Jae-soo, Kang Seok-pil, Hong Jong-gyung, Gong Mi-yeon
  • Editor Kang Seok-pil
  • Music Yoon Sung-hye
  • Sound Pyo Yong-soo

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