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김동연 프로필
김동연

Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Governor of Gyeonggi Province

KIM Dong-yeon


Greetings, this is Kim Dong-yeon, Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Governor of Gyeonggi Province.

DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, which presented various documentary films from Korea and abroad, is now leaping beyond Korea to Asia and the world.

A total of 137 films will be presented to the audience this year. In a difficult situation due to COVID-19, where filmmakers are cut off from both film production and audiences, and residents cut off from their neighbors, we would like to be with you under the slogan “Connecting the world through documentary”.

To make it easier for the residents of Gyeonggi Province to participate, “Let’s DMZ-Docu Screening” will be held 13 times from July to October this year. In addition, through VoDA, the online theatre of the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, documentary films are screened, and documentary-related education programs are provided, allowing you to enjoy culture and educational opportunities anytime, anywhere.

DMZ International Documentary Film Festival was able to grow thanks to the audience who love movies. Gyeonggi Province will make further efforts to develop independent art films, including documentaries to enhance the publicness and social role of documentary. Thank you.
장해랑 프로필
장해랑

Jang Hae-rang


Can We Dream Together at the DMZ? "Documentary, Sensing Today" - For Transformation, Challenge, and Expansion The world is in too much pain. Global disasters, wars, inequality, death, hatred, and discrimination have become societal norms. Tears and suffering have become part of daily life across the globe. In this era, where tears and pain are prevalent, what is the role of documentaries and documentary film festivals? Furthermore, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the armistice. History demands something from us, yet we struggle in despair as disasters and inequality continue to grow. Looking back, discussions on the new normal, societal restructuring, and ecological communities have faded into the background. Despite the recentness of these discussions, the memories of countless deaths and tears are still vivid. Could it be that today's chaotic world is a reflection of our neglect and indifference to these issues? If so, then the current state of the world is a reflection of ourselves. Tears and pain are the consequences of our actions. This year's slogan, "Documentary, Sensing Today - For Transformation, Challenge, and Expansion," emerged with this context in mind. The first keyword, "today," signifies the importance of the present as the link between yesterday and tomorrow, as the cold reality we stand in. The second keyword, "sensing," refers to the way in which film festivals observe and gain insights into reality. To authentically document phenomena, we must observe them intently, discover them, and question them. This is highlighted through the highlight of the 15th Film Festival, the "Non- Theatrical Expanded Program - Have you ever seen a ghost?" which commemorates the 70th anniversary of the armistice. Attendees traverse Imjingak, cross the Imjin River on a pontoon bridge, and catch a glimpse of the remnants of the Freedom Bridge destroyed during the Korean War. This area is a special zone inaccessible to civilians, housing the former US military Camp Greaves. Upon passing through the gate, you'll find old barracks, ammunition depots, and maintenance facilities. Each building itself is a documentary, featuring specially curated installations that question the true essence of your memories, history, individuals, and subjects. The answer lies within each of you. Beyond the Line What are the roots of tears and suffering? It's the line. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides North and South Korea symbolizes this line. However, the line doesn't just separate North and South; it separates everything. It divides "me" and "you," men and women, labor and management, abled and disabled, conservative and progressive, haves and have- nots, humans and life, and every other subject into two halves. This results in war, violence, hatred, inequality, discrimination, and even climate crises and global disasters. You can see this at the DMZ. Hence, the DMZ is not merely a demilitarized zone; it's a unique place where we can confront global issues head-on. This is precisely why the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival exists - to observe and gain insights into the realities facing humanity today. We must go beyond seeing things as they are; we must surpass them. The phrase "Beyond the line" under the number 15 on the festival poster represents the festival's intention. To cross the line, the festival restructured its sessions and categorized non-competitive sections into Verite, Docufiction, Essay, and Expanded sections. "Korean POV 2023," focusing on core issues in Korean society, and "THE VODA Fund," expanding to cover Asian issues, were also introduced. The festival's exhibitions were divided into themes, authors, archiving, and online specials to provide clear distinctions in terms of purpose and character. All these aim to highlight the essence of the line and look at global issues, which are the main culprits behind tears and suffering, through the spirit of documentaries and experimental formats. With this intention, we have selected 148 films from 54 countries. As you enjoy the films, we hope you'll pay attention to the entire thematic context of each film. This way, you can see both the specificity of the tree (the award) and the entirety of the forest (the background and roots). DMZ (Dream Maker’s Zone) The opening film is The Eternal Memory by Chilean director Maite Alberdi. The documentary movingly portrays a journalist who fought against the Pinochet dictatorship and is battling illness with the help of Altzheimer's patients. The documentary questions the significance of history and memory in this era. This year, the festival has prepared programs and events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the armistice, thematic exhibitions, special exhibitions, opening films, and opening ceremony events, which are solemn and significant. But that's not all. We have prepared a diverse and rich program and events for you. It's your turn to enjoy them. While you enjoy, please take the time to reexamine the memories of the 70 years since the armistice, the realities of inequality and global disasters, and proclaim the festival's message of transformation, leap, and expansion to a new paradigm. Here I am, here we are. The resonance and emotions echoed in the "Dream Maker's Zone" will continue for a long time.