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2016



Old Future

Cho Kyeong-duk

  • Korea

2017 완성예정

Synopsis

In the decade following the return of the late lieutenant Cho Chang-ho, the returned prisoners of Korean war had continued to escape from North Korea. They had received attention from the Korean society for a little while immediately after return, but it seems they did not actually live a settled life. Most of them quite ignorant about South Korea of the Capitalism have been swindled out of the compensation received from the Government. Their difficult situation made them estranged from the family reunited in South Korea, as well as the family from North Korea, who escaped from North Korea following them. They became bankrupt and have no one else to turn to. The Government's position is that it did as much as it could, and most of civil society organizations also are indifferent to them. It appears the Korean society has biased views on the returned prisoners. The Government and the civil society organizations, are they responsible for them that have found themselves in this situation? Do they have to learn how to survive on their's own as other Koreans? It is important to recognize that the reality of the returned prisoners could be the future of the reunification of North and South that will come soon. Furthermore, in Korean society, there is going around the information distorted and biased about them and their experiences in North Korea. If the returned prisoners don't look forward to the reunification of North and South as a rosy future, the outlook of the reunification is bleak.

Director

  • Cho Kyeong-duk

    Born in Seoul in 1974. He studied theater and fim at Hanyang university and is in attendance of the combined master's and doctorate program at the University. The Wedding Day was the first South Korean film entered in Pyongyang International Film Festival in 2003 and win the grand Prize at the Korea Visual Arts Festival. He received the grand prize at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival, and the grand prize and the director award at the Singapore International Film Festival with Sex Volunteer (2009). He is currently making a feature-length documentary Return Home that depicts the different lives of the Korean war prisoners who have been relocated to a neuter nation.

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