13th DMZ Docs(2021)
I AM DOCU
(Auto)Biography Family Immigration
This documentary highlights three years in the life of Ms. Ryan Eehon, who came to Japan after the Korean War from Jeju Island, South Korea and now lives alone in Osaka. We started this project when we came across an old film from 38 years ago, made by Shin Kisoo, a researcher of Japanese-Korean history. The film describes the life of an ama diver and how she sent her children to North Korea with the repatriation program. Combining the old footage with present day footage, this film was finally completed successfully with the help of a Japanese and Korean camera crew and a family member of Ms. Ryan. This film describes the history of a Korean woman in Japan, her visit to homeland Jeju Island after a 53-year absence and her final visit to North Korea in 2003. It deals with the tragedy brought on by the conflict between the two nations and the significance of the family bond.