14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
Mayumi, a third-generation Korean Japanese, leaves for Korea, the country of her grandmother Chae. A few years ago, Chae passed away. Shortly before her death, she suddenly spoke only Korean, and all her family did not understand. Thinking of her unfamiliar grandmother, Mayumi recalls the words that she said that she wanted to visit her family's grave in Gangjin, South Korea. There seems to be something important in Gangjin. Mayumi begins a journey with her friends.
CHAE is the main character’s grandmother. To be more precise, it’s her surname. Finding CHAE depicts Mayumi’s journey in Korea, as she mourns her grandmother who gradually lost her memories in her later years and passed away while wanting to return to her hometown. Born in 1921, CHAE Ok-sun moved to Japan when she was young, and worked to support her entire family. A third-generation Korean-Japanese Mayumi wants to find her grandmother's family grave and her history, in attempt to understand her on a deeper level. The path that Mayumi and her Korean friends walk on goes through the village and thick genealogy of her grandfather's family and eventually leads to CHAE’s grave. As Mayumi puts it, this is a “partial success”, but the complicated mind and the shadowy history of women piled up in the meantime leave a ruthful feeling. Finding CHAE is a heartwarming film that knocks on the shell that covers a woman's life.
Born in 1998. She was born in Korea but raised in abroad. Currently, She studies sociology at Seoul University.