10th DMZ Docs(2018)
I AM DOCU
When a man or woman dies, a series of private or public procedures are processed from the discovery of a body and funeral, to subsequent events. This film is a neat but insightful portrayal on the procedures and its social meaning regarding the issue of death. The representation might seem a bit serene, but its lingering effect is not.
It is so true that death is physical and mental, but it is also true that death is something social and institutional more than anything else. When physical and mental activities halt, a body is discovered to be reported according to all sorts of lawful procedures. Then, the processed body is taken care, and the articles left by the deceased are gone through proper processes. Only after all these procedures, a death is finalized as a lawful one. To finalize death involves numerous social systems and people employed by the systems. The last scenes showing the auction for left articles and the waste disposal sites are the very brief summary of this film. The film follows and shows each stage involved in taking care of death in a taciturn and almost indifferent tone. There are no whatsoever explanations or conversations taken place during the duration, and the fixed camera keeps recording whatever comes in the frame. The films compact and taciturn style captures the final stages of an anonymous life and leaves an unexpected impact on its audience. [Hwang Miyojo]
Ghetto Gospel (2011)
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