10th DMZ Docs(2018)
I AM DOCU
When Maja was 16 years old, her mother, the filmmaker Anita Killi, was diagnosed with cancer. The whole family felt that a reservoir of good memories could help to survive the difficult time. A touching animated documentary was made out of the more than 2,000 pictures Maja took within a period of two years. A film that shows clearly that it’s not the hair that matters but the smile underneath.
Some films need to be experienced beyond watching. Mum’s Hair is one of them. A woman is smiling in the center of the screen. Girls and boys, seemingly as her children, are doing whatever they can do with mom’s hair. What intends this playful and monotonous behavior? In fact, Mum’s hair is an animated documentary with 2,000 photos, also a record of two years of daily life with mom struggling against cancer. Via fairy-tale warmhearted beginning, the process of losing hair continues and the painful moment after treatment is shown as the hair regrows. Silent monotonous repetition continues but the immersion grows deeper. Mom letting the children to touch her hair might be a reflection of indomitable will against illness. Variety of hairstyles is portrayed but the children are not interested in the standardized beauty of women. Mom’s confidence is quite impressive, revealing her bare face when recording the entire process. Hair is a symbol of femininity. Therefore, every expression of hairstyle can be an expression of everything possible as a woman, not mom. [SONG Hyojeong]
Mum's Hair (2017)
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