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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



Under the Zelkova

OH Jung Hun

  • South Korea
  • 2022
  • 102min
  • G
  • DCP
  • color

WP

Synopsis

Long long time ago, in Goesan, Chungcheongbuk-do, there was Uri-seeds Farm . I was standing right in the middle of it. Who was? Me, the Zelkoba tree! A small but sturdy farmer called Sanghee Ahn and passionate young farmers surrounded me, farming. When even I am having a hard time here, will the farmers be able to protect the seeds and take care of the small plant lives?

Review

In the village under zelkova, we find an old farmer with years of experience as well as young farmers who develop their own critical minds the more they learn the work. They all share the same goal and passion to protect the traditional farmhouse, but they move away from each other as their way to solution varies according to their circumstances and thoughts. They are lost as they can't see the way, so they make their own ways through confusion and errors. But make no mistake—their toil isn’t pointless. The agriculture they are trying to protect is deeply related to the destruction of biodiversity due to the mass production, which leads to the decline in the ability and immunity of the entire ecosystem. So the fact that they are taking diverse paths also means that our farmhouse ecosystem is getting healthier. In order to protect their time, it is necessary to have calm gaze of a zelkova. If our society learns the wisdom of discerning through the eyes of the long-surviving zelkova, the farmers’ search in the dark will result in different crops—not the easy tasting one that we all know of, but a challenging yet fun-to-learn tasting one.

Director

  • OH Jung Hun

    He started documentary production at "Docupurn" in 1994 and produced numerous works. He won the Special Jury Award at DMZ International Documentary Film Festival with Rice Flower(2017). Currently living in Goesan, Chungcheongbuk-do, he is making a documentary on farming and farmers.​ 

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