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I AM DOCU
Noryanjin Fishery Market is one of the largest seafood markets in Korea. However, as Suhyup, the present owner took over the market in 2002, they started a greedy plan called ‘mordernizing project’ and this caused the conflict between Suhyup and the merchants. In this place, we can easily find the traces of time. The documentary starts here.
This is a story about merchants of the Noryangjin Fish Market who are in conflict with the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives over the issue of relocating into a new building completed in October 2015. At the precarious boundary between the struggle and everyday life, the film is interested not in reporting the outcome but in disclosing the cause of the conflict. The site is not merely where a clash of interests occurs. Rather, it’s a place where different senses of life cause conflict. The Norayngjin Fish Market is not simply a space for survival but a place of life filled with the culture and memories of the past 40 years fostered by the merchants. The difference arises from the process of gentrification – a difference in senses that the system either fails to understand or chooses to ignore. In order to embody this difference, the film combines two different materials. Along with images of the Noryangjin Fish Market as a place of life, there is a record of cultural history related to certain childhood memories and politics of space. [BYUN Sungchan]
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