10th DMZ Docs(2018)
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13-year-old Andy made a promise to his grandfather and mother: never to abandon the militia, which was their pride and joy. Due to the shortage of youth members, Andy has been the youngest member of the club for years now. This means that the militia will come to an end if Andy doesn’t find any new members. But this is easier said than done: the children from Andy’s small village prefer other hobbies.
The schutterij was originally a sort of citizen militia active during the medieval times and the early days of the modern period in the Netherlands. Rembrandt’s famous painting The Night Watch is a depiction of the schutterij. Nowadays, the schutterij serves as a sort of ‘social club’ within a local community. Unlike his peers who prefer other hobbies, 13-year-old Andy has made the schutterji an important part of his life. Without new, young members, the schutterji in his neighborhood will shut down soon. Andy promises his mother and grandfather that he will recruit new members and continue the tradition, and does his best to keep his word. For those unfamiliar with the schutterji or the history of the Netherlands, Andy’s desperate sense of responsibility and deep dedication may seem bewildering at first. To this young boy, the schutterji is not only an ancient tradition but also a legacy of his beloved mother and grandfather. It is a mediating link between the past and the present and between life and death. [KIM Sukyun]
The Four Winters of Theo van den Boogaard (2016)
For the Sake of Peace (2013)
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