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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



Dorm

SO Yo Hen

  • Taiwan
  • 2021
  • 54min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

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Synopsis

Vietnamese female workers are divided into three shifts in this dormitory, day, night, and late-night shift. Some of them are preparing a strike: making sign boards, props, and practicing the action play. However the dorm manager persuades them to give up, and threatens them with repatriation. A newbie just moves in tonight, and witnesses the conflict with her cold eyes… Here, they exchange their experiences, culminating in a unique upheaval.

Review

The dormitory is always as dark as night. This is because there is always someone sleeping due to their three-shift work. Dorm depicts Vietnamese female workers living in a dark dormitory. This dormitory is a bit strange. Overall, it is like a cave made of odds and ends, and in the center there is something that looks like a bizarre creature. Here, workers prepare for a strike, talking about the poor working conditions and hard life. To be more accurate, they put together a performance. They rehearse lines and reproduce situations. The purpose of this performance, however, does not seem to lie in creating a decent play. The dormitory is not a theater stage all set, but a communal space where individual conversations, everyday gestures, diverging views and exploding emotions swirl around. The film was made at a migrant worker workshop, and the pouring light in the second half leaves a deep impression.

Director

  • SO Yo Hen

    Your Bros. filmmaking group is an informal filmmaking group formed by three amateurs from a different field of ar. We focus on field research during the process of filmmaking, creative workshops, unforeseen circumstances, flexible scripts that can be changed in different situations.​ 

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