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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

I AM DOCU



Jeju Prayer

Im Heung-soon

  • Korea
  • 2012
  • 94min
  • HD
  • color/black and white

Synopsis

T he original title of this film, ‘Bee-nyeom’ means ‘a small scale exorcism’ in Jeju Island dialect. T he film star ts its journey in Kang Jung Village in Jeju and tours through Aewol (Jeju), Osaka(Japan) and Seogwipo (Jeju) to gather the testimonies of various people. Like a shaman reciting a tale at an exorcism this process recalls a cer tain event of the past in the present. A past that has forced almost an entire village to share the same day to per form ceremonial rites for the dead, and others to roam unfamiliar places and curse their hometown as the ‘world’s most horrific place,’ a past that continues to repeat itself but dif ferently still to this day. T he fact that both the April 3rd, Jeju Uprising in 19 4 8 and the current Jeju Kang Jung Village naval base construction involve State enforced public power which ultimately exer ts violence against civilians, they resemble each other. How can the State shooting at young men and the government blowing up the rock considered a village’s spiritual symbol for the sake of constructing a naval base be dif ferent? I wonder if the day will come when no irony whereby State violence against the people can happen at the same time when the government can celebrate the same location for being selected as the ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’ can exist. But for now it is such a frustrating situation. (HUH Kyoung)

Review

Director

  • Im Heung-soon

    Im Heung-soon majored in fine arts. He started his career as an artist with video installation portraying contemporary family. Using video, photography and installation art, Im went on to bring public attention to stories of those who are abandoned, discarded and forgotten. His major filmography includes Basement My Love (2000), a documentary about a person seeking new home, and It’s Not a Dream (2010), a documentary about public rental housing for the low-income bracket. Jeju Prayer (2012) It’s Not a Dream (2010) Sook-Ja (2009)Memento (2003) Basement My Love (2000)​​

Credit

  • Producer김민경
  • Screenwriter 임흥순
  • Cinematography 임흥순, 이진환, 김지곤
  • Editor 임흥순
  • Sound 표용수, 고은아

Production Company

Production Company  보통영화사, 볼

Address  Pictures 3F, 44-48, Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 140-899, Korea

Tel  82 2 3789 4090

​E-mail  l diegorivera@paran.com​