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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

I AM DOCU



The Way to school

KIM Min-ji

  • Korea
  • 2012
  • 65min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

These kids have migrated from Mongolia with their parents. They are unregistered and live day to day in a rundown house in the outskir ts of town but no one wants to return to ‘hungr y’ Mongolia. W hile the father, mother, and daughter wander around doing hard labor here and there, the younger kids speak poor Korean as they at tend school and play in the dangerous streets at night. The film goes into the family and just watches them without any kind of inter vention. In the process, it seems as if the camera is holding a conversation with the inner moments of the family members that they want to hide even from each other: the husband speaking in clumsy Korean as he looks at the camera, drunk, af ter his wife has been depor ted, the silent expressions of the children who wake up without their parents around, the narration of children talking about their hopes coming from of f screen, the bleak landscape of the outskir ts of town, and the backs of the children walking along on a winter night holding their drunk father’s hands. T he impoverished lives of migrant workers are going on in a par t of this cold, capitalist societ y but it’s like we are seeing a lyric poem (but not meaning beautif ying realit y) of the precarious yet live realit y of a poor family. (N A M Da-eun)

Review

Director

  • KIM Min-ji

    Born in Seoul, Korea in 1988, Kim Min-ji graduated from Korea National University of Arts. She codirected A Noted Place, which was screened at the Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival in 2010. Her second documentary The Way to School was selected for the support of documentary in pre-production stage at the EBS International Documentary Festival (EDIF) and invited to Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival and EDIF in 2012. The Way to School (2012) A Noted Place (2009)​ 

Credit

  • Producer안건형
  • Cinematography 김민지, 허철녕
  • Editor 김민지

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