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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



Time of Seeds

SEOL Suan

  • South Korea
  • 2022
  • 98min
  • G
  • DCP
  • color

WP

Synopsis

Two farmers, Yoon Gyu-sang and Jang Gwi-deok, have been receiving and planting their own seeds for decades. Farming changed their body and they have continued to work for several decades with the changed body as a matter of course. With the changes in their surroundings, however, their labor became special. There are people who are looking for the seeds that their special labor have been keeping. They may bring back to us the time that we took for granted, the precious time of seeds that constantly changes but lasts.

Review

Advent of spring, rain water, stirring of insects. Time of Seeds is a film that takes modern people who cannot fully enjoy the four seasons through the tight 24 solar terms. There are two farmers, Yoon Gyu-sang and Jang Gwi-deok who have received and planted their own seeds for decades, and people who are looking for the native seeds that their labors have kept. The camera watches the old farmers plowing the soil close to the ground, the young farmers planting native seeds received from them, the sense of distinguishing the sounds of swallow beans, pumpkin seeds, and birds, and the landscape of land being frozen and thawed. Often, the KTX passes quickly behind the farmers and high-rise apartments are built, which seems to quietly appeal to the fact that watching their labors is “watching the end of an era”. At the end of the film, there is a moment when you realize that the seeds, not the farmer, as a moving being, is truly leading the time of the film. It literally is about time of seeds. It is a film that tries to recover this precious sense of nature.

Director

  • SEOL Suan

    She received M.A. in Filmmaking (Screen Documentary) at Goldsmiths, University of London. She directed Complicated Order(2007), Kungfu Tea(2017), and The Uncomfortable(2019).Time of Seeds(2022) is her first feature documentary.​

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