Top 10 DMZ international documentary films recommended by a programmer

Createdd 2018-09-11 Hit 395


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The 10th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival will be held from September 13 to 20 at various locations throughout Gyeonggi Province including Goyang City (Megabox Baekseok and Megabox Ilsan Bella Citta), Paju City (Lotte Cinema Paju Outlet), Gimpo City (Gimpo Art Hall) and Yeoncheon County (Yeoncheon Sureul Art Hall).

The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival will screen 142 documentaries from 39 countries over a period of 8 days, portraying a compact edition of the world in which we live. Let’s take a glimpse at 10 must-see works selected by programmer Cho Myeong-jin from this 8-day festival of documentary films.

First, there are three documentaries that can be enjoyed by the whole family: The Poem, My Old Mother; Elephant Boy and The Graduation. The Poem, My Old Mother is a touching documentary that portrays the steps taken by elderly women in Gokseong, South Jeolla Province, to learn Korean and write poems. Meanwhile, Elephant Boy tells the story of a twelve-year-old Nepalese boy and his father, an elephant driver, and their fights concerning the boy’s favorite animal – the elephant.

Three works are also recommended for documentary novices: Coming to You, Minu, Ash and Ember and Before Father Gets Back. These works can be comfortably enjoyed by viewers who might otherwise consider documentaries difficult to watch and understand. All three of these poignant works touch on heavy topics that recently emerged in society, such as immigrant workers, immigrants and Islamic extremism, while following their charismatic main characters.

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Finally, the programmer recommends four works for documentary fans. First, Director Robert Kramer’s Our Nazi will be screened under the special focus and theme “Hostile Other in Front of Camera, Hors-champ of Memories.” Viewers will also be given the opportunity to watch works of two great directors who played significant roles in the history of documentaries thanks to the Master Class. The festival will screen Director Fernando E. Solanas’ The Hour of the Furnaces and Director Avi Mograbi’s How I Learned to Overcome My Fear and Love Arik Sharon. Srbenka, which records the cruel murder of a twelve-year-old Serbian girl in Zagreb, Croatia, in the early 1990s, is also one of the must-watch documentaries.
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The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ: the demarcation line separating South and North Korea) has long been regarded as a symbol of war and separation. Now, however, the DMZ is gaining recognition as a place of communication and reconciliation through DMZ Docs.

DMZ Docs features public screenings of the latest documentaries from around the world in conjunction with competitive and non-competitive programs that are open to all domestic and international documentary filmmakers. In addition to screenings, visitors can also enjoy a variety of artistic performances and participate in accompanying experiential and educational programs. They also have the opportunity to explore the DMZ, which is quickly becoming one of the leading sightseeing destinations in the country.

The festival introduces the importance of peace, life and the ecological environment to visitors from home and abroad through documentaries, and is fast becoming a representative documentary
film festival in Asia through its screening of outstanding productions.

In addition, it is in the spotlight as a comprehensive cultural festival that communicates the character of Gyeonggi Province by including various experiential programs that convey the distinct culture of the province through the Paju Book City, DMZ Tourism Belt, and other venues.