A documentary film festival about the world's most famous demilitarized zone has opened in South Korea. We’ll bring you scenes from the 8th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in our next report.
This old man was a POW captured by the North Korean army during the Korean War. His 30-year-old granddaughter sheds light on his death through camera. The opening film for the DMZ Docs shows its director, who had personally experienced the pains of the country's division, reviewing history.
[Soundbite] Jeong Su-eun(Director, "One Warm Spring Day") : "It's a movie that remembers my grandfather's life and it also talks about the history of the Korean Peninsula through the history of my grandfather."
This satirical film about a propaganda-filled North Korea features a strange water park where visitors crowd the pools, but not a single customer is found in a restaurant. Another film focuses on the harsh reality of a female North Korean refugee now living in South Korea.
[Soundbite] North Korean Refugee : "I don't want to live here. I'm sick of South Korea."
The opening ceremony for the 8th DMZ Docs was held at Camp Greaves, an old U.S. army base located inside the Civilian Control Zone. The festival has been enriched by the newly established DMZ Vision category, which looks at the reality and future of the two Koreas.
[Soundbite] Cho Jae-hyun(Director, DMZ Int'l Documentary Film Festival) : "I expect various perspectives will give audiences at DMZ Docs something to think about."
About one hundred different films, including an overseas documentary about comfort women, will be presented at the festival.