14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
The film is about two people with developmental disabilities who are living in Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu after ‘de-institutionalizing' from a residential facility for the disabled where they had stayed for long in 2020. There were frequent incidents and accidents in their independence process although it can be summarized in one sentence. The film attempts to illuminate the value of humane life by allowing their present where they live independently in the community and the past where they lived in the controlled environment of a facility to face.
Residential home for the disabled, ‘accommodation facilities for the disabled’ to borrow the words from the film, have emergency exits. Home with the Exit is a film about two people with developmental disabilities who have escaped from a facility and have their own home. The film consists of Lee Yong-chan and Chae Min-sik's independent lives and interviews, as well as interviews with social workers and activists who helped them out. Interviews with the disabled are often followed by explanations by social workers, which shows a limitation of the film and reality where communication is difficult (feeling difficult) and proves that their independence is possible not on their own but with the help of institutions, communities and neighbors. The film persuades that deinstitutionalization is the right of the disabled and advances to a more fundamental question. In a society that sees humans as a mere labor force, disabled people are easily treated as useless. So, what is labor? Is only the labor that is productive labor? The film says that the disabled who have been deinstitutionalized can shake the perception that so-called productivity is a ‘reasonable’ standard of labor.
JANG studied Film in Seoul Institute of the Arts. Rooted in the interests in values that were deemed useless, he explores new screening and visualizing methods centered on a more narrow focus on people who have been driven out of the boundaries of social regulations.