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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

I AM DOCU



The Shadow or Sundarbans

PARK Hwansung

  • Korea
  • 2012
  • 72min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

The vast coastland Sundarbans located near the border of India and Bangladesh is a delta that boasts impressive width that can be compared to the likes of the Nile and the Amazon River. Carr ying the meaning of ‘beautiful forest,’ Sundarbans is the world’s largest marine reser vation where various sea and fresh-water species, tigers, alligators and sharks co-exist. T hen from one point on, the Bengal tiger began at tacking and devouring humans. These tigers who used to avoid confrontation with humans and were worshipped have long become the subject of fear. Sundarbans as one of the most underdeveloped areas in India, villagers chose to enter the jungle in order to sur vive the harsh environment surrounding them. T hey trained ot ters to catch fish, and as these wild animals became domesticated, they lost their abilit y to live in the wild. Hunger was barely satisfied by risking their lives raiding bee nests or catching whatever fish they could. However the more serious problem following the destruction of the jungle by humans was the vicious cycle of tigers venturing into the villages and the villagers having no other choice but to kill the tigers. T he tigers and humans become both the victimizer and the victim. The Shadow of Sundarbans is an informative documentar y which presents the realistic images of conflict bet ween humans and wildlife occupying Sundarbans, a UNESCO world heritage site while bringing more depth through detailed explanation. The cameraman’s boldness is conveyed through the up - close-and-personal coverage of images ranging from a mangled man’s face and body af ter being at tacked by a tiger, a fisherman’s distressful regrets over losing his ot ter, hunters gathering honey without any protective gear to various wildlife such as cobras, tigers and alligators. T he stor y of the ot ter family brings a moving smile to the face. A nd through this all, it seems obvious in the end that there definitely needs to be an institutional device to resolve this endless conflict bet ween wildlife and humans. (JEONG Min-ah)

The vast coastland Sundarbans located near the border of India and Bangladesh is a delta that boasts impressive width that can be compared to the likes of the Nile and the Amazon River. Carr ying the meaning of ‘beautiful forest,’ Sundarbans is the world’s largest marine reser vation where various sea and fresh-water species, tigers, alligators and sharks co-exist. T hen from one point on, the Bengal tiger began at tacking and devouring humans. These tigers who used to avoid confrontation with humans and were worshipped have long become the subject of fear. Sundarbans as one of the most underdeveloped areas in India, villagers chose to enter the jungle in order to sur vive the harsh environment surrounding them. T hey trained ot ters to catch fish, and as these wild animals became domesticated, they lost their abilit y to live in the wild. Hunger was barely satisfied by risking their lives raiding bee nests or catching whatever fish they could. However the more serious problem following the destruction of the jungle by humans was the vicious cycle of tigers venturing into the villages and the villagers having no other choice but to kill the tigers. T he tigers and humans become both the victimizer and the victim. The Shadow of Sundarbans is an informative documentar y which presents the realistic images of conflict bet ween humans and wildlife occupying Sundarbans, a UNESCO world heritage site while bringing more depth through detailed explanation. The cameraman’s boldness is conveyed through the up - close-and-personal coverage of images ranging from a mangled man’s face and body af ter being at tacked by a tiger, a fisherman’s distressful regrets over losing his ot ter, hunters gathering honey without any protective gear to various wildlife such as cobras, tigers and alligators. T he stor y of the ot ter family brings a moving smile to the face. A nd through this all, it seems obvious in the end that there definitely needs to be an institutional device to resolve this endless conflict bet ween wildlife and humans. (JEONG Min-ah)

Review

Director

  • PARK Hwansung

    Park Hwan-sung majored in biology and video production. He has focused on making environmental documentaries for more than 10 years. His works have been aired on KBS, EBS, etc. His major works include Black Kite (2004), A Baby Lemur of Madagascar (2007) and Sad Pierrot (2010). Park also made Malawi, The War for Water which won the best picture in the independent production category of the 22nd Korea PD Award. The Shadow of Sundarbans (2012) Wanderers of Kalahari, Meercat and Bushmen (2010) Malawi, War for Water (2009) The Pilgrim of Tundra, Caribou (2008) Lemurs of Madagascar (2007)Black Kite (2004)​​In the Name of the Father (2016)The Secret of Survival (2015)A Secret Desire, Lion Hunt (2013)​ 

Credit

  • Screenwriter 박환성, 박소희
  • Cinematography 박환성
  • Editor 박환성

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