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3th DMZ Docs(2011)

I AM DOCU



Two Doors

KIM Illan, HONG Jiyou

  • Korea
  • 2011
  • 90min
  • HDV
  • color

Synopsis

Like many Korean independent documentaries, Two doors is about a major social issue. However, its objective and attitude toward the topic are not conventional at all. The Yongsan tragedy at the beginning of 2009 stirred up Korea. The fire and the deaths were broadcasted in real time. There were victims, therefore we needed the camera to capture the wrath and indignation of their families. The internet activists and independent documentary filmmakers carried out that role, sometimes by openly condemning the government for letting it happen. But Two doors does more than holding anyone morally responsible or exposing the truth. It focuses on the irreversible nature of state power. The wealth of images from the many cameras that witnessed the incident helped the directors present an omniscient viewpoint. They meticulously assemble the images and reveal the true face of state power as it was captured at the scene in that morning. The executioners are made of flesh and blood, yet turn inhuman under orders from their superiors. There is no turning back for the execution. That is the cold nature of power. There is no place for human judgment and discretion to intervene even when everything is going down to an incomprehensible state. In that the actual and critical testimony belongs only to the death, and it may be impossible to find the real truth, we know the circumstance. And we should fear the circumstance behind that led to the practical circumstances of this incident. (KANG Seokpil)

※ Funded by DMZ Docs Project 2010

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  • KIM Illan, HONG Jiyou

     

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