The poster for the 13th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival / Courtesy of the DMZ International Film Festival
By Kwak Yeon-soo
The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival kicked off Thursday with a variety of physical and digital film screenings despite the country currently suffering its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 13th annual festival, which runs until Sept. 16, features 126 documentaries from 39 countries in its official selection. The documentaries will be screened at the Megabox Baekseok branch in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province.
Along with in-person screenings, the film festival has created the streaming platform, VoDA, where it will offer an abundance of digital screenings (52 feature-length documentaries and 26 shorts) for the public to view online.
Although there will be fewer guests, as the majority of guests from overseas are unable to attend the event, several celebrities are expected to make an appearance, including veteran television host Song Hae, “Parasite” music director Jung Jae-il, actress Ye Ji-won and singer-songwriter Sunwoo Jung-a.
The festival will open with “Soup and Ideology,” which tells the story of the Jeju Uprising, in which thousands of civilians, who opposed the division of the Korean peninsula after its liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, were violently repressed and killed by government-aligned forces.
This year, the audience will have the opportunity to observe the ignored history of Koreans in Japan, known locally as Zainichi, in “Documentary over Document: Koreans in Japan.”
In addition to film screenings, the organizer will hold the “DMZ Industry” event, which is aimed at discovering promising documentary projects and providing support to up-and-coming producers and directors.Internet Explorer Channel Network