8th DMZ Docs(2016)
I AM DOCU
A total of 20 journalists have been fired since 2008, the beginning of Lee Myung-bak’s presidential term. They fought against the companies that they worked for succumbing to power and are now frustrated at reality where censorship of the press by authority has now become a norm. Can they continue their activities as journalists?
From the beginning of the Lee Myung-bak administration in 2008 till today, a total of 17 journalists have been dismissed. They were not extraordinary fighters, just tried to follow the rules as a journalist. Most of them were not the union leadership, rather average journalist if they were in the other era. Their fights against their noble press cringing to the authorities got bigger against their own will and when unexpected letters of dismissal reached to them, they were driven to face everyday struggle which was supposed to be a temporary fight. After 7 years, the reality they face is desperate.
7 Years-Journalism Without Journalist is a documentary focusing on drifting journalism reality with dismissed journalists fighting against the reality. In a society where resist becomes dull and the power becomes more powerful, most journalist who once stood comparison with dismissed journalists have surrendered themselves to inertial media control. It is hardly possible for them to get the job back, so they have constantly searched for the way to live as a journalist. But the fight gets tougher with continuous insult. Since the dismissal from major institutional press, some of them have worked for alternative media that put up a good show. Lost in struggle, but their present life holding long-term positivity seems bitter but touching. [Kim Young-jin]
지식채널e, 2005~2008, EBS Channel e, 2005~2008, on EBS김진혁의 5분, 뉴스타파 5 Minutes, on Newstapa 해직 언론인들은 강한 의지력의 소유자들이긴 하지만, 이들이 내적으로 입은 상처는 매우 크고 깊다. 그리고 그건 어떤 파편화된 강렬한 이미지들로 이들의 기억 속에 각기 남아 있다. 기본적으로 휴먼다큐멘터리적 기반을 지니고 있지만 이 부분은 일반적인 스토리텔링으로 표현하기 어렵다. 이 부분을 이미지화하여 표현하는 것이 효과적이라고 판단한다. 고속촬영에 기반한 몽타쥬구성, 일러스트 등의 모든 방법을 강구할 예정이다. 난 스스로 방송국을 그만 두었지만, 여전히 영상을 통해 세상과 소통하고자 하고 있다. 해직언론인들이 첫 장편의 소재가 된 이유는 아마도 동병상련 때문일 것이다. 그 어떤 당위보다, 자신의 직업과 직장을 사랑했던 평범한 사람들의 이야기가 될 것이다.