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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



The Teachers : Pink, Nature trail, Ridge between rice paddies, Plum

PARK Hong-Yeol, HWANG Da-Eun

  • South Korea
  • 2022
  • 94min
  • G
  • DCP
  • color

Synopsis

There are caretakers who do not receive a year’s appreciation of their labor even when they have worked over ten years. There are teachers who self-sacrificingly filled the void of caregiving with when schools were closed due to the coronavirus. There are professionals who work as teachers but do not count as teachers in the society. They are the after-school program teachers. They go into meetings every day─not to discuss what to teach but to fiercely maintain the students’ daily lives.

Review

A record of after-school classes in Dotorimaeul in Seongsan-dong, Seoul. The documentary, directed by Park Hong-Yeul, who has many experiences in various films as a filming director, depicts the lives and roles of after-school teachers, education that has collapsed in the era of Corona, the function of school and teacher, poor working conditions, and children's play or spaces. The driving force behind its narrative is the constant observation of discussions between after-school teachers and parents. The relationship between the community, teachers, and children is embodied in a methodology that prioritizes observation of vivid experiences over than special commentary. The camera puts the audience in the position of a witness to what is happening, allowing them to take a closer look at the after-school classes through a meticulous and thoughtful process. The camera puts the audience in the position of a witness to what is happening, allowing them to take a closer look at the various aspects of the after-school class through a meticulous and thoughtful process. Beyond simple recording, the director selects people' words and scenes, and arranges them according to their formal context. The after-school teacher's narration asking, "Why am I here?" raises the issues surrounding people who are in between education and caring.

Director

  • PARK Hong-Yeol

    Director and director of photography. Filmed around 120 works. PARK’s works include The Treacherous(2015), Will You Be There?(2016) and 10 films by Hong Sang-soo. His most recent works are Heartbeat(2022) and Cyber Hell: Exposing An Internet Horror(2022).​ 

  • HWANG Da-Eun

    Documentary director and scenario,drama writer. HWANG wrote for numerous films and TV dramas such as The Art of Seduction(2005), and TV Dramas including Spring Waltz(2006), Drama Special Don’t Worry, I am a Ghost (2012), and My Dangerous Wife(2020).​ 

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