1th DMZ Docs(2009)
I AM DOCU
A hunter in a remote and idyllic forest stumbles on the mummified remains of a corpse. A detailed journal found on site reveals the man committed suicide by selfimposed starvation. Why did he kill himself in such a manner? Inspired by this true event and by the novel「 Until I Am a Mummy」by Shimada Masahiko, the film recounts the prosaic rather than philosophical details of this self-martyrdom through dramatic monologue of the unknown man. Director Peter Liechti juxtaposes the sounds and images of the forest whose memory retains some traces of the man, who has now disappeared. The forest has the apparel of a constantly active universe, beaten by the winds and storms, burnt by the sun, and inhabited by thousands of birds and insects that make up a terribly living picture. The man’s lack of origin and history, his anonymity is analogous to the general alienation of the human being in a global world; the interchangeability of the negligible “characteristics” of his personality corresponds with the attitude towards life in an out-and-out materialistic society. He only becomes a vital, tangible individual – for himself as well – with his extraordinary capacity for suffering and the monstrous masochism of his act. Ultimately, the nameless man’s manner of dying also constitutes the most radical form of renouncement: a total retreat from the hustle and bustle in an achievement-oriented society, the unmitigated refusal to consume, to partake in the haste of this life.
He was born in St.Gallen in 1951. Since 1986 He has been working as a freelancer in films as scriptwriter, director, producer and cameraman. Also, He had workshops in Geneva, Zürich, Munich, Hamburg, Capetown, Beijing. His films have been invited to numerous film festivals and awarded including Bern Film Prize, Zurich Film prize, Viennale Public Award and IDFA. Also, Retrospective on his films has been held around the world and he attends European film festivals as a jury. The Sound of Insects (2008) Hardcore Chambermusic (2006) Namibia Crossings (2004) Hans im Glück (2003) Marthas Garten (1997) Signers Koffer (1995)
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