9th DMZ Docs(2017)
I AM DOCU
The main character is a young boy who spends holiday on camp organized for people with Down syndrome. Camera follows the conversations of Daniel and his friends. Boys, as boys—hey talk about girls. Absolutely seriously. They ask themselves about: “What being close gives you?” or “What is the right way to express love?” Searching for answers is not just an issue for teenagers, but a problem that everyone has.
Such favorable expressions like “I like girls,” “They have charm, personal charm,” “They smile, they're nice” and sometimes concerns like “She's not answering, what should I do?” “I’d like to be closer to her,” these conversations for anyone at any time to have are actually said by young men with Down’s syndrome. Daniel and his friends have serious and delicate conversations. Fully understanding what other people think may be different with their own, these young men read the others’ minds. It is impressive to see how these friends encourage each other with deep thoughts, trust and respect watching them saying “What do you want?” “I would like to live differently,” “What should come first?”. The disabled people are mostly considered as irrelevant to sex, but whether it is physical or mental, the disability itself never snatches away sexuality from them. If we keep in mind that they are not ‘the disabled’ but ‘human beings’ with disability, thought of Daniel and his friends would be naturally understood. If someone who watched this film disregard or concern for their disability, you should remember that someone can judge you for some other reasons. Like the name of a song, love serves ‘heart’, not ‘condition’ and that heart is for every single person regardless of disability. [Kim Ra-hyeon]
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