14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
Al Mamun SHEKH
18 years have passed since the implementation of the Employment Permit System, and through this system, many migrant workers have stepped on Korean land, with the goal of chasing their dreams. The protagonists of this film also came to Korea in search of a dream,but because there’s no freedom to change workplace in the Employment Permit System, their dreams are hitting the walls of reality.This is the story of 3 migrant workers living the harsh lives of laborers.
Director Al Mamun Shekh, who had come to Korea from Bangladesh with a vague dream that a new life will begin, came to learn about union movement when he asked for help to the labor union about a problem with his severance payment in 2001. He got married and acquired Korean citizenship in 2009. As a Korean director with Bangladesh origins, his works provide a rare opportunity to measure the reality of Korean labor conditions and its multicultural sensibility. Previously, Al Mamun SHEKH dealt about marriage migrant women through a dramatic film but in this work, the director decided to directly address the problem of employment permit system(EPS) suppressing the migrant workers. In the realm of experience, the interviews of migrant workers and in the realm of logic, the interviews of the professionals highlight the problems of EPS. If the reality is that companies receive penalty when a migrant worker changes their work as a business owner tells us, it is for this very reason that a solution can be presented that the business owners also need to speak up about the problems of current system. However, it does not seem that the business owners are aligning with the related movements. Al Mamun SHEKH needs to continue his work and his films need to be shared more widely.
Al Mamun SHEKH
Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, He came to South Korea in 1998. From 2001, he devoted himself to the human rights movement for migrant workers. He began doing culture and arts activities by making a short documentary in 2012.