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3th DMZ Docs(2011)

I AM DOCU



Planet of Snail

YI Seung-jun

  • Korea
  • 2011
  • 87min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

It is not a new thing for independent documentaries to tell stories based of people living with disability. The important thing is that able-bodied documentary producers find ways to represent disabled people and relate their stories faithfully without objectifying them or magnifying their ‘otherness’. The virtue of Planet of Snail, which covers the life and love of a disabled couple, is that it allows the audience to feel the world from their point of view and with their own senses. In this process, we come to an empathy with the ordinary feelings of an ordinary couple, rather than a disabled couple in an extraordinary situation. Indeed, it is ironic that this couple with an ‘audio-visual’ disability is represented by a camera whose core identity is audio-visual, because the camera has to give up part of its own function or come up with a totally new method to deliver the inner feelings of people with restricted sight and hearing. How would a camera create a world with the eyes and ears of people who cannot see or hear? This film considers this difficult task, and Planet of Snail turns out to be more sensuous than other films. We are astonished by their sensual and erotic dialogues, the fullness of their communication via finger-tapping. This film effectively shows us that we do not really see or hear even when we physically seem to, and the same is true vice versa. (MAENG Soo-jin)

Review

Director

  • YI Seung-jun

    Yi began his career as a documentary director with Invisible War - India Bihar Report (1999, co-director). One of his works, Breathing, in a Waste Land, won an award in the short-film category in Indi Docu Festival, and he was awarded a prize in the Outsourced Production category of the 20th Korea PD Awards for Story of Two Women (2007). His latest film, Children of God (2008), won the NETPAC award at the Jeonju International Film Festival, and has been invited to HOTDOCS in Canada and the Barcelona Asian Film Festival in Spain. Children of God (2008) Like Wild Flower - Two Women’s Story (2007) Breathing, in a Waste Land (2002) Invisible War - India Bihar Report (1999, co-director)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerGary KAM, KIM Min-chul, Janne NISKALA, KIM Jin-hee
  • Cinematography YI Seung-jun
  • Editor Simon EL HABRE, YI Seung-jun
  • Music MIN Seung-ki
  • Sound Sami KIISKI

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