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5th DMZ Docs(2013)

I AM DOCU



A School of Hope

JEONG Sung-won

  • Korea
  • 2013
  • 38min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

February 2012, Choi Hun-min starts a one-man protest at Kwanghwamun Square, to try and stop the brutal educational system for college admission. Right after that, nearly 70 students who agree with him join together and get ready to establish a ‘School of Hope’. These students wanted to escape the inhuman and uninstructive educational system, which resulted from the society that put emphasis on people’s educational background. Institutional schools have been long to fall into cram schools for the exploitive and brutal competitions. The wounds and claims of students’ who are victims of the brutal educational system in institution, doubts on some alternative schools getting similar to the system, the denial of CSAT(College Scholastic Ability Test), etc. become the frame of ‘School of Hope’. Discords appear in the course of the establishment, although it started with the dream of providing a ground of true learning - “of, by, and for students”. The following questions arise during the establishment: “Is the school responsible for the students?” “What does being a student mean?” “what standards do we have to follow for the curriculums?” and “How do we define a ‘true’ school?” The weight of these questions is quite huge and respective realities and ideals of theirs are confronted with one another. This film shows these troubles and labors as they are. It is the gap between reality and ideal, the moment when individuals’ desires face one another, and the fact of living together in the imperfect world, which are not the problems only for the ‘School of Hope’. But this whole course of confrontation and conflict can be a real learning process and the course of seeking out the answers of the questions above can be the moment that the ‘School of Hope’ needs to face. Will the ‘School of Hope’ be “the” school? They are continuing to try. (PARK Hye-mi)

Director

  • JEONG Sung-won

    To fulfill his dream of becoming a documentary filmmaker, JEONG Sung-won is currently studying in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Kyung Hee University, after graduating from the Seoul Visual Media High School. His documentary films are concerned with overall social issues such as education and human rights. He has set up a social enterprise called “Over Dam” as an effort to tackle the problem of the absence of dreams and aspirations among adolescents. A School of Hope (2013) 허공에 외친 2000일 (2013) Stop (2013) Upstroke (2012)​ 

Credit

  • Cinematography JEONG Sung-won
  • Editor JEONG Sung-won
  • Music JEONG Sung-won
  • Sound JEONG Sung-won

PRODUCTION COMPANY & WORLD SALES

PRODUCTION COMPANY & WORLD SALES   

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