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DMZ Docs Projects



LIFE

JANG Minkyung

  • Korea
  • 90min
  • mov

History Social&Human Interest

Synopsis

Yoo Gyeong-geun lost her daughter Ye-eun in Sewol ferry disaster that killed 304 people on April 16, 2014. Four years later, saying how difficult it is to live in Korea as the bereaved, Gyeong-geun sits in a podcast recording studio. He begins the podcast in hopes that the society understands how the bereaved feel and for the isolated bereaved to live in harmony in the society. Four guests that have lost a family member in tragedies that happened from 1987 to 2016, before and after Sewol ferry disaster, come to the podcast one by one. They share how they have lived so far and how they plan to live ahead, also discussing how to prevent tragedies. The four people who return to their ordinary life, and the society that they face intercross with the current life of Gyeong-geun. Another tragedy happens yet again in that winter, and the bereaved gather up in one place. The camera follows their mourning process and faces our society filled with the will of oblivion before countless

tragedies and mourning places.​ 

Review

Countless social tragedies have taken place repeatedly in South Korean history, from building collapses, massive fires, and ferry sinkings to the casualties at the workplace and protest sites. But not everyone comes together to grieve and fully understand the causes of these deaths. Even those who had mourned at the beginning later started to blame and inflict pain on the victims. LIFE is an exploration of the process of mourning that we have stopped, have been or will be doing after a social disaster. It is also an observation of possibility. Between those who wanted to stop the emotional contagion of sadness and return to their previous lives, and the remaining few who wanted to start over from their deep sorrow by living with the dead, could there have been the possibility of preventing more sadness from taking place within the process of mourning, which we had rushed through and hastily suspended? If so, wouldn't we be able to find hope for preventing future disasters in their meetings? This journey is depicted by the places where these few individuals are standing and facing, the sites and memorials of each disaster, and the actions of the citizens who are standing in front of them.​

Director

  • JANG Minkyung

     

Credit

  • Producer주현숙 JOO Hyunsook